- Global awareness: Students articulate an understanding of the interconnections (social, economic, political, and environmental) of the world community, along with the global conditions and systems that affect the well-being of human communities and ecosystems.
- Multidisciplinary understanding: Students demonstrate the use of various disciplinary perspectives and social analysis tools in identifying and analyzing the chains of cause and effect in relation to complex global problems and to imagine alternative ways of addressing them.
- Perspective taking: Students demonstrate the ability to constantly question the source of their cultural assumptions and ethical judgments, leading to the habit of seeing things through the eyes of others.
- Transcultural identity: Students demonstrate the ability to transcend exclusive identification with one’s cultural and national group in order to attach concern to all people equally, regardless of their nationality, race, or religion.
- Moral-spiritual intelligence: Students evidence the personal “heart” qualities of empathy, inquisitiveness, initiative, flexibility, humility, sincerity, gentleness, justice, and joy within specific intercultural contexts.
- Ethical commitments: Students evidence the willingness to take a level of personal responsibility for conditions that negatively affect the Earth and its inhabitants, and the confidence that they can arrest and reverse these conditions.
- World learning: Students demonstrate the ability to discover relevant local knowledge on issues of global significance through systematic observation, active listening, field-note writing, and structured reflection.
- Language development: Students demonstrate the ability to communicate in a foreign language with appropriate body language and socio-cultural etiquette.
- Collaborative involvement: Students demonstrate the ability to apply cultural knowledge and practical skills in field projects that address community issues in partnership with local residents.
- Lifestyle change: Students identify their moral and ethical obligations and lifestyle choices in relation to the wider world, with an eye toward “doing justly” on personal levels.
Note: This information is current for the 2012–13 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog
for more information. For additional information, please contact
the appropriate office.