Global Understanding

Global Understanding


The Global Contexts category replaces the Global Understanding requirement for students entering George Mason starting in the Fall of 2024.    

The goal of the global understanding category is to help students see the world from multiple perspectives, reflect upon their positions in a global society, and be prepared for future engagement as global citizens. While it may include a historical perspective, global understanding courses focus primarily on a contemporary understanding of one’s place in a global society.

Learning Outcomes:

Courses in the Global Understanding category must meet a minimum of three learning outcomes. Upon completing a Global Understanding course, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify and articulate one’s own values and how those values influence their interactions and relationships with others, both locally and globally.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how the patterns and processes of globalization make visible the interconnections and differences among and within contemporary global societies.
  3. Demonstrate the development of intercultural competencies.
  4. Explore individual and collective responsibilities within a global society through analytical, practical, or creative responses to problems or issues, using resources appropriate to the field.

Note: A student may also meet the Global Understanding requirement through a full-semester study abroad or 12-15 credit hour program; shorter-term study abroad courses must include and meet the learning outcomes listed below and be evaluated prior to departure.

Required: One approved course

Approved Courses: For the current list of approved courses, please see the catalog.

Note for Faculty

The Global Contexts category replaces the Global Understanding category for students entering George Mason in the Fall of 2024. The Global Understanding category will gradually be phased out with no new Global Understanding courses approved after the 2022-2023 academic year.