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About the Global Studies Program

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About the Department

The Global Studies major at Providence College offers students an interdisciplinary global perspective on social, economic and political issues, and prepares them to become responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and creative individuals with an ability to resist social prejudice and act in an interdependent world.

The Global Studies major draws on concepts from disciplines across the humanities, political science, and economics to allow students to learn more about how societies around the world are converging and challenging geographic and political frontiers, while at the same time celebrating individuality. 

The major examines the interconnectedness among individuals, communities, governments and organizations across the world, and offers students theoretical and applied frameworks to understand the pillars of a globalized planet.

Who We Are

The Global Studies team at Providence College is committed to a pedagogy that stresses an active learning approach within a student-learning centered platform.  The Department emphasizes pedagogical approaches that involve students in active learning activities, experiential education, community involvement, and in educational self-awareness.  We are committed to a constructivist approach to learning, and seek to create curricular initiatives and structures that provide students with opportunities to create their own knowledge, with faculty as partners and guides.  ​​

Given the critical importance of student, as well as faculty, engagement, we strive to create a learning community, inside and outside the classroom.

Mission

Global Studies at Providence College is committed to the idea that a better and more just world is possible. It offers a transdisciplinary exploration of globalization and its effects upon communities, environmental sustainability, and the dignity of all living things. ​By emphasizing collaborative learning, participatory research, community engagement, activism, and cross-cultural competency, Global Studies cultivates global citizens who think critically and are equipped to respond to the challenges of a diverse, complex, and globalized world.

Curation of Learning: The Global Studies ePortfolio

"Curating is translating the artists' visual or conceptual languages into a language, which is comprehensible for the public. In the last years, the artistic media and languages became more and more multifaceted and so should the translations. We are entering a Tower of Babel's era!" ~Silvia Gaetti, Curator at the Ethnological Museum Berlin

The Global Studies Program implemented several years ago the use of electronic portfolios as assessment tool and each major is expected to build their own. ePortfolios allow learners to stay attuned to their learning progress and document academic and non-academic learning experiences to reflect upon and also to be shared with Global Studies peers and advisors, as well as with future employers and graduate school review committees.

The Global Studies ePortfolio project is called Curation of Learning, and uses Weebly as web platform. Weebly is a versatile tool that provides each user the ability to create an entire professionally unique website, and includes a powerful blogging function. In addition, the platform works seamlessly with your social media accounts and offers you endless opportunities to tell your own global studies story digitally.

Explore the Curation of Learning Weebly sites from our alumni:

Brian Sweeney '15

http://brianfsweeney.weebly.com/

Kelley Garland '16

http://kelleygarland.weebly.com/

Grace Twardy '16

http://gracetwardy.weebly.com/

Susan Willis '16

http://williss.weebly.com/ ​​