Students who graduate with a Global Engagement Seal will prepare to be global citizens while accruing several academic and professional benefits:
World language experience/coursework allow you to expand their foreign language awareness or proficiency to communicate in an increasingly global workplace
Globally themed course work that suits your interests and career/personal goals
International experiences will increase your learning beyond the traditional walls
World Language Coursework and Globally-Themed Coursework (9 credits total): You will engage with rich academic subject matter through courses which focus on the study of a world language and globally themed coursework.
World Language Coursework (3 – 6 credits)
language study may be demonstrated by successfully completing credits of university-level world language courses at SSU. Students may also transfer credits for World Language or American Sign Language courses from other accredited colleges or universities in the U.S. or during a study abroad experience.
The language requirement is considered fulfilled by any student who has earned a diploma from a secondary school, college or university where instruction was in a language other than English. Students may choose to take additional language courses or all 9 credits in WC courses.
If a student is a heritage speaker and their home language is a language other than English, they make take courses in that language or an additional world language.
Students who have a language-based learning disability documented by the Office of Disability Services at Salem State University may request that a substitution of the World Language requirement be granted Courses taught in English with the WLC designation will be appropriate substitutions
Globally Themed Coursework (3 – 6 credits)
Students may choose 3 – 6 credits of globally-themed coursework from courses approved as part of the Salem State World Cultures General Education category (see list of attached courses which have been approved as in the World Cultures category of the General Education curriculum).
Transfer students may petition through the CIE to have 3 credits of prior coursework taken at another institution approved as “globally-themed.”
International Experience: Students must have one or more culturally immersive international experiences with people of a country other than the United States to gain cross-cultural awareness, intercultural communication experience, and empathy. International experiences must total at least 143 hours can be fulfilled through the following:
Study Abroad. Short-term faculty led trips summer programs, or semester or year-long study abroad programs. Note: International students studying in the United States will have fulfilled the sustained experience abroad.
COIL course. Student completes a course with a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) component may count the hours dedicated to COIL as part of this requirement.
Internship.Student completes an internship or short-term service-learning experience in another country.
Research, volunteer,or field work completed in another country.
Note: A student must have one experience outside of the United States. When completing the 143 hours, 8 hours per day outside of the country will be counted toward the 143 hours. Experiences in the United States that have a global focus will be discussed and approved by the faculty fellow to be counted toward the additional hours.
To apply for the Global Engagement Seal, please fill out the intake form and a faculty fellow will contact you. To make an appointment, you can also contact Dr. Melanie Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org, faculty fellow for the Center for International Education