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Changing Global Society

Changing Global Society logoSchreiner University is so dedicated to preparing students for their changing world that it is part of its mission statement: to prepare its students "for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society."

The purpose of Changing Global Society is to help students develop global perspective; that is, an understanding of the customs in and relationships between societies and regions in the world. A global perspective allows one to see similarities across humanity as well as the differences, and to recognize how societies, including our own, influence others.

Travel and Study Abroad
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Global Perspective Certificate
Students can earn a Global Perspective Certificate showing that they are prepared for careers in which there is a global or cross-cultural element. Students must complete four components in order to receive the certificate: 1) study abroad; 2) international and/or multicultural engagement; 3) enrollment in one class that meets the Schreiner global perspective outcome; and 4) a portfolio presentation (see additional information below).

International and Multicultural Experiences
Students who are interested in continued exploring can experience international or multicultural customs, holidays, or other events on campus. These experiences are hosted by Changing Global Society or other groups at least once a semester, and attending and hosting these experiences will count towards students' Global Perspective Certificate.  Past experiences have included International Education Week, Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, and Día de los muertos, hosted by the Organization for Latino Engagement.


Schreiner University’s Global Perspective Certificate (GPC), designed by the office of Changing Global Society, will better prepare you for a career in which there is a global or cross-cultural element. It will expand your cultural learning experiences both on campus and abroad, if you have or are planning to study abroad.

You can complete the certificate at your own pace, anywhere from one semester to four years. This certificate recognizes and honors Schreiner students who are culturally engaged, helping them stand out among other university graduates. You will be able to demonstrate to future employers and graduate schools that you are prepared for today’s changing, global society.

Certificate Components

Study Abro ad  (required*)  

*Alternative: One semester of language proficiency (a grade of “B” or higher)  

Study abroad : Participation in any Schreiner University study abroad trip, including (if relevant) orientation and re-entry programs.  

Reflections:  3-5 written pages for the trip. 3-5 minute video reflections are also accepted if they can be used by the Office of Changing Global Society for marketing purposes.   

Note : If you are an international student, you fulfill this requirement by studying at Schreiner, though it is recommended that international students also participate in study abroad.  A mandatory reflection is still required for international students (though writing prompts differ).  


International or Multicultural Engagemen t  (required)  

Attendance : You must attend at least four (4) cultural events on campus, and:  

Reflections : Approximately 1 written page per attended event, with a total of 4 pages.   


Academic Requirement   (required)  

You will be required to enroll in one (1) class in which global perspective is a curricular outcome. Here are a few suggested courses, though you may consult both Caroline  Zeiher  and the course instructor to discuss if a class you wish to enroll in meets the global perspective outcome. In lieu of a reflection, please submit your culminating assignment for the course.   

  • Business 3340: Borderless Business  
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 4340: Problems and Solutions in a Global Society  
  • Political Science 2303. Introduction to International Relations  
  • Political Science 3384: Regional Study  
  • History 1350 (2321): World Civilizations to 1600  
  • History 1351 (2322): World Civilizations from 1600  
  • History 3361: Modern East Asia  
  • Religion 1320: Survey of World Religions  
  • Spanish 330+: Any  class in Hispanic Literature/Culture ranging from 3000-3999  
  • Caroline  Zeiher's  Spring Interdisciplinary Course  
  • Any language courses, including the Language Consortium (unless this is your alternative to study abroad)  

Reflections, Grading, and Portfolio  

Component 1 and 2 includes a reflection with these questions:  

  • How this experience helped you develop global perspective   
  • How this experience helped you value diversity    
  • How this experience helped you develop cultural competence    
  • What you will do in light of this experience (for example, how you will integrate what you learned into your career)  


    You will receive participation points for turning in each of the three requirements. Once all requirements are complete, your requirements will be graded altogether as a portfolio.   

    Portfolio Grading: (75-100% needed to receive certificate)  

    30% for Requirement 1  

    20% for Requirement 2  

    50% for Requirement 3

    Presentation:  In addition to submitting your work on Schreiner One, you will present at a special panel session through the Student Achievement Showcase in the spring semester.

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