Why Become a Global Scholar?
Global Scholars are Sinclair Community College students with the distinction of participating in the Global Scholars & Studies Program. The program offers students the opportunity to develop greater global knowledge and enjoy international experiences that will enhance their professional success. It promotes understanding of and respect for diverse cultures, customs and professional practices. The program helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and enhances oral, nonverbal and written communication in more than one language. Global Scholars are encouraged to experience the benefits of teamwork, use of technology, innovation and ethical competence, as well as gain an understanding of the global forces and trends that affect human activity, the environment & sustainability, global economies, and global & national security.
The Global Scholars & Studies Program is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and building on the interconnectedness of today's global community. Its objective is to place students in a better position to pursue advanced degrees and global employment. The program equips Sinclair graduates and transfer students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to comprehend the political, social, historical, scientific, linguistic, economic and cultural aspects of our global community.
7 Steps to Becoming a Global Scholar & Completing the Program
1. Complete the Global Scholars & Studies Program’s Admission, Personal Information & Progress application.
2. Schedule and complete an initial Admissions Interview with the program director. The director will provide students with information about the program and requirements.
3. Designate an Area of Emphasis with guidance from the program director. (See Areas of Emphasis below)
4. Successfully complete a minimum of 4 approved courses (with a minimum grade of B for each course) based on the Global Scholar’s Area of Emphasis. (See Approved Courses) Global Scholars are required to complete two semester courses in any modern language (other than English). One of these courses will count toward the four course requirement; both will count if the student chooses Language as his or her area of emphasis.
5. Complete a Service Learning project (10-hour minimum service requirement) with an international theme under the supervision of the Service Learning director. (An alternative to Service Learning is Study Abroad, see Study Abroad below)
6. Complete one United States Institute of Peace online course (See US Institute of Peace below)
7. Complete a Capstone Project: The Global Scholar will write a formal statement integrating the experiences above as a declaration of what the student has gained from being a Sinclair Global Scholar (includes a curriculum vitae and a copy of the student’s college transcript as attachments).
Upon Completing Program Requirements
Upon completion of program requirements, Global Scholars will receive a formal Letter of Achievement in Global Studies.
Global Scholars are required to complete two semester courses in any modern language (other than English).
Areas of Emphasis
Students will select an area of emphasis below and relevant courses with guidance from the program director:
1. Language: Three (3) courses from the language group, one (1) course from Culture
2. Culture: Three (3) courses from the Culture group, one (1) course from Language
3. Environment & Sustainability**: One (1) course from Culture, one (1) course from Language, two (2) courses from Science
4. Technology**: One (1) course from Culture, one (1) course from Language, two (2) courses from Technology
5. Science**: One (1) course from Culture, one (1) course from Language, two (2) courses from Science
6. Business**: One (1) course from Culture, one (1) course from Language, two (2) courses from Business
7. Healthcare**: One (1) course from Culture, one (1) course from Language, two (2) courses from Healthcare
** Emphasis areas marked with ** may have additional paper and research requirements per class due to the potential lack of international content in course curriculum.
The Global Scholars & Studies Program defines "study abroad" as an educational experience outside the United States of America resulting in academic credit. It encompasses a wide variety of international learning experiences which can occur within traditional classroom environments, including but not limited to coursework under the supervision of the college and faculty from other institutions. Study abroad could include a brief study tour with a specific goal to a full semester or full year of study at a foreign college or university. The Global Scholar will register for, and complete with a B or A, any course associated with the study abroad. (Consult with the Financial Aid Office for financial aid possibilities)
United States Institute of Peace Certification (USIP)
The USIP (usip.org) is our country's global conflict management center. Created by Congress to be independent and nonpartisan, it works to prevent, mitigate and resolve international conflict through nonviolent means. Among many other programs, USIP offers free online courses:
1. Introduction to Conflict Analysis: This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict analysis by illustrating analytical tools used, with reference to two extended case studies- the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda.
2. Introduction to Negotiation and Conflict Management: This course provides a thorough conceptual framework to help practitioners structure their efforts in negotiation and develop effective overall negotiating strategies, as well as keys to successful negotiation and practical steps to help you negotiate more effectively in real-world situations.
3. Introduction to Interfaith Conflict Resolution: This course is designed to enhance the peacemaking capacities of individuals and faith-based organizations by focusing on objectives, methods and best practices of interfaith dialogue, a form of religious peacemaking increasingly recognized for its relevance to 21st Century conflict.
Global Scholars are required to complete only one of these courses, though encouraged to complete more than one. If taking only one course, the first one is highly recommended.
Updated: October 7, 2013