Global Scholar Distinction
"You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen."
The Global Scholar Distinction program gives you an opportunity to explore intercultural and international perspectives as you pursue your major at Harper College. It is designed to expand your awareness of global systems, the interdependence of cultures, sustainable development, and global justice, equity and peace. At completion, you'll be rewarded with a graduation distinction in recognition of your accomplishment. No matter your field of study, this distinction helps you build skills to be an agent of change in the world.
How to Become a Global Scholar
Complete four qualifying classes (see list far below) that may already be a part of your degree plan and work with a faculty mentor on a capstone project.
- Work closely with your Harper faculty mentor and support network from start to finish
- Immersion into different cultural contexts which can open doors to future employment, scholarship possibilities, and an enriched higher education experience
- Gain a deeper understanding on how to be an engaged global citizen and the interconnectedness of world systems
- Gain an understanding of intercultural communication and sociolinguistic awareness
- Get a competitive edge when highlighted on your resume
- Receive an official designation on your academic transcript and diploma. Recognized with a regalia stole at graduation.
Questions? Contact the Director of the Office of International Education, Nellie Khalil, by email (email@example.com) or by phone 847.925.6197. While a recommendation isn't needed, faculty and staff are invited to recommend students who would embrace the Global Scholar experience. Please complete this student recommendation form.
- Grade of C or better in 12 hours of interdisciplinary academic coursework (List of approved courses below.)
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Completed project proposal Abstract and Prospectus with support from your faculty mentor
- Capstone project: an independent study project completed under the guidance of the Director of Office of International Education and your personal faculty mentor. Complete your project in just one semester with no cost/fees.
ANT 101, 202, 206
CHN 101, 102, 201, 202
FRN 101, 102, 201, 202, 205, 210
GEG 100, 101, 103, 104
GER 101, 102, 201, 202, 205, 210, 230
HED 200, 202, 204
HST 121, 210, 214, 231, 232, 241, 242, 243, 245
HUM 104, 105, 106, 107, 110, 115, 125
JPN 101, 102, 201, 202, 205
LIT 208, 220, 223, 224
LNG 205, 225
MUS 104, 108
PHI 160, 190, 205, 215
PSC 250, 260, 270, 280
PSY 101, 251
SOC 101, 120, 205, 215, 230, 235
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, 205, 210
- Describe the interdependence and interconnectedness of world systems (e.g., financial, technological, economic, political, religious, etc) and their components (e.g., nations, ethnic groups, social classes, etc.).
- Explain basic information about other cultures (e.g., their histories, values, politics, economics, communication styles, values, beliefs, and/or practices).
- Demonstrate an understanding of one or more aspects of the social, political, cultural, economic, or historical context of at least one region of the world outside of the United States.
- Demonstrate competence in intercultural communication and/or sociolinguistic awareness (e.g., acquiring basic local language skills, articulating differences in verbal/ non-verbal communication, adjusting one’s speech to accommodate individuals from other cultures).
- Analyze Western and non-Western cultural traditions in a world context or from a comparative perspective.
- Evaluate issues of social justice and sustainable development (e.g., identify ethical, political, economic, social and/or environmental global challenges and evaluate local and broader consequences of individual and collective interventions).