Bachelor of Arts in Global Citizenship

Students are drawn to Becker College because they identify with our vision and mission to deliver to each student a transformational learning experience—anchored by academic excellence, social responsibility, and creative expression—that prepares graduates to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society. Becker attracts creative and adaptive students interested in participating in service learning courses and trips and in courses and programs focused on global citizenship and opportunities for community service.

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Citizenship at Becker College, the first of its kind in the country, responds to students’ sense of urgency to live the Becker mission and core values of community, diversity, and social responsibility. This degree is distinguished from majors in global studies or international relations found at other American colleges and universities. The Becker degree reflects a shift towards issues of social justice and human rights and provides a more engaged role for students as they adapt their scholarship to real-life applications. Graduates will fulfill a growing demand for globally competent and cross-culturally trained employees.

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For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Global Citizenship, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.

Global Learning and Student Outcomes

Global Perspectives (Knowledge)

What knowledge do we want our students to attain during their time at Becker? What is most important that they learn and take away?

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of one’s own culture and history and at least one other culture and history.
  2. Students will compare the historical, political, religious, and economic forces that have shaped the current world system.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of world geography and conditions in relation to current events.
  4. Students will understand their culture in a comparative context and will recognize that their culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based on cultural differences.
  5. Students will value and be aware of intercultural communication concepts.

Intercultural Communication and Cross-Cultural Adjustment (Skills)

What skills do we want our students to possess when they leave Becker? What do we want them to be able to do?

  1. Students will recognize individual and cultural differences and demonstrate an ability to communicate and interact effectively and respectfully across cultures.
  2. Students will use knowledge, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.
  3. Students will demonstrate awareness of their own values as well as of their biases and how those influence interaction and relationships with others.
  4. Students will show respect and empathy for diversity.
  5. Students will display an ability to successfully and responsibly use technology to participate in the global exchange of ideas and information.

Social Justice and Sustainable Development (Attitudes)

What do we want our students to value as global citizens, workers, and leaders?

  1. Students will show sensitivity to and respect for personal and cultural differences and a commitment to responsible global citizenship, which includes personal engagement in community/world issues.
  2. Students will interpret how the behavior of individuals, groups, and nations affects others in terms of human rights and the well-being of the planet.
  3. Students will identify ways of handling and sustaining environmental resources that will protect future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
  4. Students will recognize the need to protect human rights in areas such as access to education, health care, and employment, and safety.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive any given event from more than one cultural viewpoint and learn how to create cultural bridges.

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