Global Honors Course Descriptions

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The following courses are regularly offered by the Global Honors Program during the quarters indicated:

Introductory Courses

T GH 203 Themes in Global Honors (5 credits) I&S 
Explores connections between the local and global, and between the individual, the community, and the world, through a given theme. Draws on broad interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Provides information on study abroad and service-learning opportunities, as well as expectations of the Global Honors Program.

Note: This is partly intended as a sophomore level introduction to the Global Honors curriculum. Upon completing T GH 203, students may proceed directly to T GH 301 or T GH 302.

Offered: Autumn

T GH 300 Re-Orienting the Global (2 credits) I&S 
Provides historically grounded introduction to such concepts as cultural imperialism, colonialism, post colonialism, capitalism, and globalization. Examines relevance of concepts in current global affairs. Provides information on study abroad and service-learning opportunities, as well as expectations of the Global Honors Program.

Note: This is partly intended as a junior level introduction to the Global Honors curriculum, but juniors may consider TGH 203 too. Upon completing T GH 300, students may proceed directly to T GH 301 or T GH 302.

Offered: Autumn

Core Courses

T GH 301 Global Interactions (5 credits) I&S
Examines the major intellectual and political movements that marked the human experience in the 20th century. Examines nationalism, fascism, and other political philosophies, as well as governments' relationships to the natural environment and to one another.

Offered: Winter, Spring

T GH 302 Global Imaginations (5 credits) VLPA
Accommodates the study of major themes, concepts, trends or techniques that permeate world literature, visual arts, music, dance, theatre and other forms of creative expression. The specific art forms and issues examined vary. Also considers marginalized forms of aesthetic expression that have generated cross-cultural debate about modern concepts of "art" and their relation to diverse forms of meaning and value.

Offered: Winter, Spring

T GH 303 Global Challenges (5 credits) I&S
Examines major challenges facing the world in the 21st century. Covers contemporary issues such as economic development, poverty and the distribution of resources and ecological concerns. 

Offered: Autumn

Capstone Courses

T GH 490 Research Methods Seminar (2 credits)
Methods seminar required for seniors in the Global Honors program who are preparing their senior thesis or other capstone project. 

Offered: Winter

T GH 491 Thesis Symposium (1 credit) Annual Global Engagement Conference preparation and presentation. Credit/No Credit 

Offered: Spring

SENIOR CAPSTONE

Depending on personal interests and Global Honors pathway of choice, students have the following options for fulfilling their senior capstone requirement: a full thesis, reflection essay, or experiential learning. Students should note the unique requirements for each type of project. In each case, students are required to present their capstones at the annual IIGE Global Engagement Conference.

Offered: Spring

Relevant registration forms and guidelines are available from the IIGE Assistant Director, Sally Murphy (sam8543@uw.edu). Find out more about how to identify a suitable faculty advisor here.

T GH 494 Thesis (5 credits)

The Global Honors Thesis:

  • Is defined as an essay based on research and analysis;
  • Should be between 20-25 pages;
  • Must focus on an aspect of globalization, that is, it must address an interdependent process that is of global relevance; and
  • Is completed under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

The thesis requirement is considered complete once students have:

  • Given a public presentation of their work at the annual IIGE Global Engagement Conference;
  • Earned at least a 3.3 on the paper and obtained final approval signatures from the faculty advisor and the Associate Vice Chancellor of the Global Honors program; and
  • Turned in the final, signed and bound copy of the thesis to the Global Honors office.

Registering for T GH 494

  1. To register for T GH 494, you must have a signed registration form and faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors Program office.
  2. Complete the T GH 494 credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor. Ask the IIGE Assistant Director to provide you with a faculty advisor letter of appointment too.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form and letter of appointment.
  4. Make three (3) copies of each. Bring one signed copy of each to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The IIGE Assistant Director will issue you an entry code for T GH 494.

For examples of capstone theses submitted by previous students, visit the UWT Digital Commons.

T GH 495 Reflection Essay (2 credits)

After completing a study-abroad experience, students who choose not to write a thesis can register for TGH 495 and write a paper of at least 10 pages which integrates reflections on (a) the study-abroad experience, (b) one or more major ideas from T GH 203, 300, 301, 302 or 303, and (c) personal assessment of one's progress in understanding and implementing the goal of global citizenship.

This paper is thus a reflection on key experiences in Global Honors. For the reflection paper, the idea is to find a common thread that integrates the areas identified above. As with the T GH 494 Thesis option, this is completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Registering for T GH 495

  1. To register for T GH 495, you must have a signed registration form and faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors program office
  2. Complete the T GH 495 credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor. Ask the IIGE Assistant Director to provide you with a faculty advisor letter of appointment too.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form and letter of appointment.
  4. Make three (3) copies of each. Bring one signed copy of each to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The IIGE Assistant Director will issue you an entry code for T GH 495.

T GH 496 Experiential Learning (2-5 credits)

Experiential Learning in Global Honors provides you with the opportunity to complete an internship or engage in community service to fulfill your capstone requirement. The purpose of this capstone is to promote global citizenship and engagement with the community, emphasizing connections between local and global, while providing valuable practical and professional experience.

Experiential Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze contextual factors such as international history, culture, and contemporary challenges relevant to a local, international and/or immigrant population;
  • Demonstrate understanding of connections between local and global populations and communities;
  • Demonstrate understanding of your personal role as global citizen;
  • Identify avenues for community development and social responsibility;
  • Analyze organizational structure and professional environment.

Experiential Learning Assignments:

  • Weekly activity and learning logs: You will submit a detailed account via email weekly, of your activities in the field and your assessment of learning objectives that were met through these activities.
  • Analysis Paper I: Integrating Global and Local: For this 2-3 page paper, you will identify at least three key aspects of your fieldwork experience that ties into global themes you have encountered in Global Honors core seminars.
  • Analysis Paper II: Avenues for Change: In this 2-3 page paper, you will discuss at least five practical ways that the community/organization/locale you are working within, can bring about positive change within itself and its surrounding community.
  • Reflection paper on Global Citizenship: For this 5-6 page paper, you will synthesize dominant themes of your first two Analysis papers, integrate your weekly journal notes, and develop a coherent, well-structured reflection on Global Citizenship.

Registering for T GH 496

  1. To register T GH 496, you must have a signed faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors program office.
  2. Complete the T GH 496 credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form.
  4. Make three (3) copies of the signed form. Bring one signed copy to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The IIGE Assistant Director will issue you an entry code for T GH 496.