Global and Cultural Engagement

The CICE, Provost’s Office, and the Kendall Center work together to support Gustavus’s efforts to promote increased global and community engagement across the curriculum through on-campus curriculum and local community-based learning opportunities as well as study abroad and off-campus courses. Below you will find a collection of resources (syllabi, course descriptions, articles, and websites) from other colleges and universities demonstrating some methods and examples for creatively integrating global engagement into existing course curricula. The following resources touch on a wide variety of disciplines, but are especially geared towards fields where globalization of the curriculum might not already be a primary teaching goal.


Global Engagement in on-campus teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College

The University of Minnesota has an online workshop called “internationalizing by design” that includes various resources to help instructors bring a global perspective to their courses. The links include advice on developing assignments through “backward design” among other ideas.

Especially helpful is an archive of “internationalized” syllabi in such fields as economics, horticulture, theater, music, and education.

Boston University also provides a comprehensive website of resources for faculty seeking ways to globalize on-campus courses. Links include an excellent website from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators also offers more resources here:

The University of Michigan offers useful information on how to internationalize existing courses, create learning outcomes, and assess intercultural learning.

The University of California at Berkeley has a website that provides resources specific to different world regions.

The American Council on Education offers resources about curriculum internationalization through their Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE).


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has undertaken a major initiative to internationalize their science curriculum. The resources linked below include advice on how to conceive of learning outcomes for global science curricula and how to create case studies for courses related to global learning. The site includes videos and PowerPoints from a 2012 conference on science and the global classroom.

Specific courses/programs from other colleges:

Cornell University offers a BS in International Agriculture and Rural Development that includes a wide variety of inter-disciplinary courses on food, development, and agriculture that emphasize global comparative dimensions of this field. Cross-listed courses for this major include courses from Environmental Studies and Economics. For more information on specific courses in this program see:

Swarthmore College offers an innovative interdisciplinary course on Diasporas. It brings together students from Swarthmore with a classroom in Ghana by using video conferencing technology.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michel Wattiaux of the University of Wisconsin teaches an Animal Science course that includes social, economic, and political perspectives on cattle. A special emphasis is placed on the raising of dairy cattle in Mexico and an optional 11-14 day study abroad to Mexico is offered to enrich the course.

Prof. Adrian Treves of the Nelson Institute on Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin teaches a course on “Large Carnivore Conservation in Wisconsin” that includes Sweden as a comparative case study. His teaching integrates international and comparative aspects into three undergraduate courses. The course uses a wolf hunt simulation to allow for interactive engagement with the wolf populations of Wisconsin and Sweden. More examples from the UW Madison on internationalizing science courses can be found here.

Johns Hopkins University offers a seminar in Nursing to prepare students for global nursing. The course includes issues related to global health and especially issues confronting nurses in non-Western countries. “Around the world: Preparing for Global Nursing.” See a course description here.

Liberal Arts and Global and Community Engagement

If you’re interested in knowing how some other liberal arts colleges are working to make global engagement a part of their curriculum, consider the following examples:

Carleton College has a global citizenship requirement that includes both an International Studies course and Intercultural Domestic Studies course.

Concordia College (Moorhead) offers a Global Studies major with eight different concentrations.They offer several other majors with a global perspective.

St. Olaf College primarily emphasizes the global perspective through study away opportunities.