Program Requirements


The following is a checklist and a brief description of the Global Studies Program framework and requirements.  Students who complete the program will receive a designation on their diploma and transcripts.

  1. Global Coursework (15 credits)
    Each student must complete 15 credits of designated Global Studies courses. Professors must apply to have their courses qualify for the program, so course offerings may change from semester to semester. The current list of courses for each academic year is posted on the Global Studies Courses webpage.  Students may also contact the Global Studies Program Coordinator for information about course offerings at

*Please note that only five (5) credits from a foreign language course can be used to fulfill this requirement.

  1. Presentations and Cultural Events 
    The Global Studies program sponsors or endorses a series of local presentations and other events. These events include, but are not limited to, academic talks, museum exhibits, webinars, and campus-based Polk State events. Each student is required to attend five of these events and write a 500-750-word paper about each event.  This paper must explain how the event raised his or her global awareness, level of intercultural engagement, or multidisciplinary understanding of global issues. Be sure to include photos from the events you attend.  These papers will be included in your e-portfolio.  A Study Abroad trip is equivalent to 3 cultural events and 2 study abroad trips meet the 5 cultural event requirements
  2. Global E-Portfolio
    Each student creates a global e-portfolio in Canvas that records and highlights program experiences. This is submitted to the Global Studies Program Campus Coordinator for approval during the student’s final semester in the program. Portfolio requirements are stated in the rubric. This project may include travel experiences abroad, participation in local events endorsed by the Global Studies Program, participation in global academic programs at other institutions, and other approved experiences.

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