Global Perspectives Graduation Requirement

Living in an interconnected global society requires an appreciation of the complexity and interdependency of world events and issues. Undergraduate education at TWU aims to broaden students’ perspectives, expand the boundaries of their conversations, and provide them opportunities to recognize and understand other worldviews. To meet this goal, all undergraduates who enroll at TWU must complete three (3) semester credit hours of approved global perspectives. A global perspective refers to skills, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as global dynamics, non-western worldviews, international systems and events, and global cultures.

Global Perspectives Objectives

Global perspectives refer to skills, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as global dynamics, non-western worldviews, international systems and events, and global cultures. Ideally, it includes the ability to communicate effectively in a second language.

The objective of the global knowledge and perspectives requirement is to increase students’ understanding of people and cultures different from the native culture.

Courses approved for this requirement must include a major focus on global perspectives and should enable students to demonstrate mastery of the majority of the following student learning outcomes.

Exemplary Educational Objectives

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the awareness that one has a view of the world that is not universally shared, that there is a distinction between opinion and perspective.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural/ civilization complexities that can alter the interpretation of world events.
  • Demonstrate understanding of prevailing world conditions, developments and trends associated with world issues such as population growth, economic conditions, inter-nation conflicts.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills needed to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of one’s own political system, players, and events as well as international systems, leaders, and events.
  • Demonstrate an increase in interest about international developments, ability to express empathy and/or feelings of kinship about others, and degree of comfort in foreign situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to alter one’s communication and responses to reflect another’s communication style and thus build relationships.

Note to departments: Courses approved for this competency would be expected to show instruction and assessment of at least 5 of the 7 exemplary objectives above. If they are also core courses, they would have instruction and assessment for at least 4 of the 6 basic intellectual competencies.

Global Perspectives Evaluation Form [doc]

Global Perspectives Proposal Form [doc]


Courses Approved to Satisfy Global Perspectives Requirement

ART 3053 Global Perspectives in Art (approved for core Creative Arts)

BIOL 4223 Ecology

BUS 3183 Introduction to International Business

BUS 3193 Community Conversation in Sustainability

BUS 4293 International Human Resource Management

BUS 4353 International Marketing

DH 4533 Oral Health Worldview

DNCE 2143 Dance and Globalization (approved for core Creative Arts)

DRAM 2513 Creating Shakespeare

ECO 3223 International Finance and Trade

ENG 2043 World Literature to 1600 (approved for core - Language, Philosophy, & Culture)

ENG 2053 World Literature, 1600 to the Present (approved for core - Language, Philosophy, & Culture)

ENG 2073 Mythology (approved for core – Language, Philosophy, & Culture)

ENG 3033 Introduction to the Study of World Literature

ENG 4433 Topics in World Literature

FS 2003 Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective

FS 3523 The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective

FT 3043  Global Production and Trade

FT 4083  Global Dress and Adornment

GOV 3013 Community Conversation in Sustainability

GOV 3613 The Politics of Food in America

GOV 4533 International Relations

HIST 2013  World Civilizations to 1715

HIST 2023  World Civilizations since 1715

HIST 4233  Global Issues and Trends

HS 2813  Introduction to Global Health

MATH 2053 Women and Minorities in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (approved for core - Component Area Option)

MU 3713  Music and World Cultures (approved for core - Creative Arts)

NFS 3063  Ecology of Foods and Nutrition

NFS 3173  Culture and Food

NURS 4614 Community Health

PHIL 3193 Women and Western Religions (approved for core - Language, Philosophy, & Culture or Component Area Option)

PSY 4183  Global Perspectives in Psychology

SCI 2103  Introduction to Environmental Chemistry: Global Perspectives (approved for core Life & Physical Sciences)

SCI 2113  Earth Science (approved for core Life & Physical Sciences)

SCI 3013 Community Conversation in Sustainability

SCI 3033 Who Owns the Rain:  Water in a Changing Environment

SCI 3133 Climate change: A Human Perspective [formerly SCI 2333]

SCI 3153  History of Modern Science on the 21st Century

SOCI 1013 Introduction to Sociology (approved for core Social & Behavioral Sciences)

SOCI 3083  Population Dynamics

SOCI 3273  World Regional Geography

SOCI 3303 Cultural Anthropology

SOCI 3483 Societies in Development

WS 2013 Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural Women's Studies (approved for core Language, Philosophy, & Culture or Component Area Option)

WS 3193 Women and Western Religions (approved for core - Language, Philosophy & Culture or Component Area Option)

Other courses are pending approval.

To have a course reviewed contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Partnerships


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