Global Awareness

Upcoming Global Awareness Programs: 

Spring 2013
“Costa Rican Society Through Its Literature” – led by Professors Gisela Norat and Lili Harvey
“Contemporary France: A Cultural Mosaic” – led by Professors Julia Knowlton and Philip Ojo 

Fall 2013 
“Literary Ireland” – led by Professors Christine Cozzens and Willie Tolliver

Spring 2014
“Framing Differently: Visual Thinking & Comparative Women’s Studies in New Zealand” – led by Professors Beth Hackett and Nell Ruby 

Spring 2015 
Benin (theme tba) – led by Professor Doug Falen, co-leader tba 
United Kingdom (theme tba) – led by Professor Waqas Khwaja, co-leader tba 


Global Awareness Details 

Global Awareness is a short-term study abroad program led by ASC faculty. Students discover another culture in both an academic and first-hand context, building an appreciation for the world’s diversity and a better understanding of our own cultural values. This multi-disciplinary international seminar consists of a two-credit-hour, on-campus course followed by a travel experience.

Global Awareness destinations have included Benin, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. 

Students must apply, be selected and then register for the Global Awareness course. GA 203 is taught in the semester preceding the international experience and includes the study of the history, culture, arts, geography, economics and politics of the target country. All students will choose a research project and develop survival language skills when possible. The semester-long course is followed by a two- to three-week study seminar in the country, in which students conduct research on their selected topics, keep journals and stay with host families when possible. Upon return, students reflect on the international experience, complete research projects and often share their experience with the campus and local community. 

Global Awareness is open to all enrolled students who meet the basic participation requirements. Students must satisfactorily complete the assignments given in the on-campus course that serves as the basis for the international experience. Attendance at pre-departure sessions is mandatory. 

For more information, visit the international education office located at 102B Buttrick Hall or call 404.471.5380.