Academic Courses

To help develop and foster an understanding of international perspectives, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (6 courses) of international/global academic study. Courses acceptable for meeting the requirements for Global Scholars must:

  1. increase knowledge of foreign countries or cultures;
  2. increase understanding of inter-country relations or practices;
  3. be centered around global issues, themes or conflicts.


  • Students must take a minimum of 18 hours of coursework
  • Coursework must represent at least three academic departments
  • Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA

Eligible courses

Courses that count toward the Global Scholars designation deal with the international world, the planet or the environment. Recognizing that curricula are dynamic, there is not a single, finite list of eligible courses from which to choose. Instead, we offer this singular guideline: an eligible course must focus on some area of inquiry outside our region or country. Area studies, history, political science, and anthropology courses (among others) regularly deal with international issues. At the same time, historic preservation, urban planning, biodiversity, and marine biology (among others) emphasize global themes. Your faculty/staff mentor is the best source of course approval. If you have a question about a course, contact us at

Foreign language courses that fulfill the General Education requirement are not eligible. Grammar, composition or conversation courses are not eligible either. Content courses in literature, culture, or linguistics at the 300 and 400 levels fulfill the requirement for Global Scholars courses.