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Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship: A Model for Internationalizing the Curriculum
Unformatted Document Text:  internationalizing the American government curriculum in the early 1990s with the introduction of “American Government in Global Perspective.” A University System of Georgia mandate calls for all students to receive instruction in American government and the constitution. Required of all Kennesaw State University students, this course thus represents a learning gateway for the entire university and not just political science or international affairs majors. It was our department that sought to globalize the teaching of American government. The course thus remains within the University System requirement despite its curricular “Global Perspective” revision. The College of Business also included global courses within their undergraduate and graduate degrees; and this year, began offering a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. Other departments in the sciences represent the most fertile grounds for new course development. The Kennesaw State University Biology Department, for example, contributes to this objective through the creation of a new course on global biotechnology. In short, this model encourages an infusion of international content, or focus, in all departments. One way that Mathematics and Computer Science accomplish this objective is through course offerings in study abroad programs aimed at science majors. Results from a survey of employers commissioned by the Association of American Colleges and Universities titled “How Should Colleges Prepare Students To Succeed In Today’s Global Economy?” reveal a strong affinity to many of the objectives outlined by our Global Learning Model. Employers ranked the most important educational priorities as: (1) science and technology; (2) teamwork skills in diverse groups; (3) applied knowledge in real-world settings; (4) critical thinking and analytical 7

Authors: Zebich-Knos, Michele.
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internationalizing the American government curriculum in the early 1990s with the
introduction of “American Government in Global Perspective.” A University System of
Georgia mandate calls for all students to receive instruction in American government and
the constitution. Required of all Kennesaw State University students, this course thus
represents a learning gateway for the entire university and not just political science or
international affairs majors. It was our department that sought to globalize the teaching
of American government. The course thus remains within the University System
requirement despite its curricular “Global Perspective” revision.
The College of Business also included global courses within their undergraduate
and graduate degrees; and this year, began offering a Bachelor of Business
Administration in International Business. Other departments in the sciences represent the
most fertile grounds for new course development. The Kennesaw State University
Biology Department, for example, contributes to this objective through the creation of a
new course on global biotechnology. In short, this model encourages an infusion of
international content, or focus, in all departments. One way that Mathematics and
Computer Science accomplish this objective is through course offerings in study abroad
programs aimed at science majors.
Results from a survey of employers commissioned by the Association of
American Colleges and Universities titled “How Should Colleges Prepare Students To
Succeed In Today’s Global Economy?” reveal a strong affinity to many of the objectives
outlined by our Global Learning Model. Employers ranked the most important
educational priorities as: (1) science and technology; (2) teamwork skills in diverse
groups; (3) applied knowledge in real-world settings; (4) critical thinking and analytical
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