Global Learning


While study abroad is typically thought of as the primary means for students to learn about global themes and experience diverse cultural perspectives, global learning can be incorporated into the on-campus curriculum in several ways. According to the AAC&U, "Global learning is a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people's lives and the earth's sustainability. Through global learning, students should 1) become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences, 2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities, and 3) address the world's most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably." In fact, integrating global learning into on-campus courses increases access for students who are not able to study abroad, and it complements the overseas experience for those students who do go abroad. The guide below outlines steps and resources to bring global learning into your classroom. To be connected with additional resources or overseas partners, contact Jennifer Evanuik, Executive Director of the Office of Global Engagement, at ​

Intercultural and Global Learning

Global learning in the classroom involves integrating intercultural and international themes into a course, regardless of discipline. The Office of Global Engagement has compiled the following resources and can support faculty in identifying global learning strategies to help them meet their objectives. 

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan Programming:

As an educational partner of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, CMU's students, faculty, and staff have access to an impressive line-up of programming featuring expert speakers on a variety of relevant global issues. The annual Great  Decisions Series held each winter is the hallmark program, and other events take place around the year. For more information, visit the WACWM website. Most programs are free for the CMU community although registration is required (indicate you are from an educational partner). 

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