Global Scholar: Step-by-step

Step 1. Meet with your UARC Adviser, Faculty Adviser in your major, or Global Council Chair ( to discuss the Global Scholar Certificate and how it fits into your plans for graduation and beyond. You may find this Global Scholar Planning Sheet helpful.

Step 2. Declare the Global Scholar Certificate in Titan Web as you would a major or minor. This allows you to track your progress on your Advising Report and signals to those who examine your Advising Report before graduation that you have fulfilled the requirements to be distinguished as a Global Scholar at graduation.

Step 3. With the help of your adviser, chart a couple possible paths you might take to completing the requirements. You will need:

1. 3cr. Global Citizenship (GC) (100/200 level). You may have already completed this! This is the USP Global Citizenship Requirement – you fulfill the requirement by taking a course designated GC – it may be a Quest or an Explore course. (Before fall 2016, GC courses were denoted NW for Non-Western – that NW course may count, ask your adviser.)

2. 9 cr. Global Scholar (GS) courses (300/400 level). That’s three 3-credit courses at the upper division level.

Only 6 cr. may be taken in the same department or program. (If you are a history major, you can take two GS History courses, but you’ll need a third GS course from a different department). Your goal is be broadly educated about Global issues, contexts, and problems, so think about what kinds of courses might complement your growing global interests or might challenge you to think about these issues from multiple perspectives.

You may substitute 3 cr. of additional GC designated foreign language (100/200 level) for a 3 cr. Global Scholar (GS) course. 

3.Engage in a “high impact learning” experience, documenting that experience in an ePortfolio blog-style presentation that reflects on your learning as a Global Scholar. There are no credits associated with this requirement. Through your ePortfolio presentation you’ll document and reflect on your experience, highlighting what you learned in relation to your personal and academic development, how you understand the world more broadly, actively problem solve big issues, and appreciate the consequences of an interconnected and changing world for your field of study.

Here are some suggestions for different kinds of High Impact Practices for your Global Experience:

Study Away (exchange student at a U.S. University)
Study Abroad (international exchange student)
Participation in Model United Nations
Globally focused service learning activities
International research experience
Globally focused Student-Faculty collaborative research
Field work or field clinical
Globally focused independent research

Document and reflect on your experience and your global learning at UWO: Work with your faculty adviser or the Global Council Chair to plan for your ePresentation requirement. The final product is provided to the Global Council.