First-Year Experience | Global Scholars

Through Global Scholars, students have the opportunity to enhance their first-year experience with faculty-led international travel after completing the core requirement first-year seminar (FYS) from a global perspective.

First Year Seminar + Global Explorations

First-year students in the program will take a course together during the fall semester focused on an international topic, and will travel abroad during the winter term with their faculty to learn firsthand about the topic. The faculty, topic of study, and location of travel will change each year.

The Global Scholars FYS course shares the learning objectives held in common by all sections of first-year seminar, while it also prepares students to study abroad in January by providing intercultural and logistical preparation. Completion of the Global Scholars FYS and Global Explorations courses fulfills the students’ FYS and International & Diverse Perspectives (IDP) core graduation requirements.

Global Explorations Courses

Students enrolled in the Global Scholars First Year Seminar will travel together with their FYS faculty during the winter term to learn first-hand about the topic studied in the fall.  

The Global Explorations travel course is a required short-term travel course for students enrolled in the Global Scholars Program. Each year the global destination and disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus will change depending on the instructors. Examples may include Race & Ethnicity in the Philippines or History and Politics in Renaissance Italy.

HUM/IS 155 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, student will be able to:

  • critically reflect on their experience in the global destination and synthesize that experience with the readings and discussions from the prep course.
  • develop self-culture and other-culture awareness through their interactions with people at the travel destination.
  • apply disciplinary or interdisciplinary research methods to a project during course.

International & Diverse Perspectives (IDP) Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing an IDP course, student will be able to...

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary or disciplinary understanding of cultural diversity through the examination of languages, values, and practices from around the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how social categories (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, language, religion or belief, or other forms of social differentiation) and social and cultural context influence one’s understanding of the world or point of view.
  • Explain how cultural self-awareness promotes effective cross-cultural interaction.

Contact Us

Erica Andree | Director Center for Languages and International Collaboration
CLIC Scott 100 | 503-352-1607 |