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Global Learning

To become effective leaders who serve in a global society, Hope students are called to develop knowledge and skill in their chosen fields as well as self-awareness, curiosity, responsibility and empathy.

These qualities and habits of mind will enable you to form productive intercultural partnerships to address the world’s challenges.

Every student is required to complete two courses flagged for global learning. One of these courses must focus on domestic (U.S.) diversity (GLD), whereas the second course must focus on international (non-U.S.) diversity (GLI). Courses and sections of courses satisfying this requirement are offered throughout the curriculum, both in the general education program and within major programs and are flagged as such in the class schedule.

General Objectives

In courses with a focus on global learning, you will:

  • Develop curiosity by pursuing new knowledge and ideas and openness to new perspectives
  •  Gain knowledge that broadens and deepens your understanding of the natural and applied sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences, engaging you in the global concerns that touch each of these fields
  • Develop self-awareness of how each person is shaped by culture and how your values and beliefs inform your decisions and assumptions about others
  • Develop empathy, sensitivity and compassion toward others
  • Cultivate your sense of responsibility for the welfare of others and for your own actions, so that you grow as ethical individuals and engaged citizens

In courses with a domestic diversity focus (U.S. diversity), in addition to the above objectives, you will:

  • Examine diverse cultural perspectives of historically marginalized groups in North America, including racial and ethnic minorities and women
  • Examine issues of difference, intolerance, inequality, justice and power, and understand the interplay of these complex concepts
  • Use written, oral, visual or artistic sources produced within the cultures being studied

In courses with an international diversity focus (non-U.S. diversity), in addition to the general objectives, you will:

  • Use comparative analysis of cultural perspectives
  • Analyze the concepts used to study and compare cultures
  • Address the culture’s self-definition and self-expression
  • Focus on theoretical perspectives of gender, race, class, ethnicity and other socially constructed categories

See the catalog for a complete description of the Global Learning requirement.