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Global Perspectives

Students may participate in a curricular or meta-curricular component that instills elements necessary to develop innovations in a global economy, or address ethical issues of global concern. Domestic activities that stress global or cross-cultural implications may satisfy this component.–NAE

Global learning is woven throughout UMBC, with multiple offices, programs, and activities specifically devoted to enhancing the global component of university teaching, research, and community service.

The Office of International Education Services is dedicated to advancing the international exchange of students, scholars, and faculty and to providing leadership in intercultural learning through study abroad. The Study Abroad Office enables students to spend a summer, winter, semester, or academic year at universities throughout the world.

The Program in Global Studies in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree, combining coursework in 11 departments and programs with rigorous foreign-language and writing requirements, study abroad, and experiential learning in the form of internships and other extracurricular activities.

The Global Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Information Technology offers an innovative elective within the traditional engineering sequence. Delivered simultaneously to students at UMBC and international partner institutions, this multi-university course provides students with practical experience engineering in a global context. (UMBC’s long-standing, continuous partner is the Universidade do Porto in Portugal.) Collaborating across time zones and cultures, students apply global engineering tools and techniques to complete multilateral design projects. These projects are case studies in global engineering inspired by guest lectures from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Merck, Energy Star, and others.

UMBC’s Shriver Center has established a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Peace Corps. UMBC participates in the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows and Masters International programs for graduate students who have returned from Peace Corps service and those who are currently serving, respectively. With the Peace Corps Prep program, UMBC prepares undergraduate students for international development work and global citizenship through coursework and experiential learning.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the Global Perspectives element of the GCSP are based in UMBC’s global learning assessments, and on the Intercultural Development and Perspective AFC. In addition to the four core Global Dimensions learning objectives, students will select two personalized learning objectives.

  • Working With Diverse Teams: Exhibit proficiency working in or directing a team with ethnic or cultural diversity.
  • Global Citizenship: Show self-awareness as “citizens of the world” as well as citizens of a particular country, and appreciation of the challenges facing mankind, such as sustainability, environmental protection, poverty, security, and public health.
  • Cultural Awareness: Identify the broad attitudes, beliefs, values, assumptions, histories and communication styles of themselves and others and their relationship with others. Support and validate the cultural experiences of others, and incorporate multiple, potentially conflicting, perspectives into evaluative and analytical work.
  • Openness to Difference: Welcome personal and cultural difference, seek to maximize the community of relevant stakeholders, and interact non-judgmentally with these stakeholders.

For details about gold/silver/bronze experiences, visit the Learning Experiences page.