by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
A new spring 2021 program will combine global education, rigorous classes and values-based education in a novel way.
The Globally Integrated Semester was created at Dickinson in response to the suspension of regular spring 2021 study-abroad programs. Participating students will take a course that connects to a Dickinson study-abroad program and will also participate in a semesterlong workshop that places what they’re learning in the context of the Dickinson values of social justice, sustainability and civic education. After the close of the spring semester, COVID-19 conditions permitting, students will travel to a Dickinson study-abroad site that's related to their course for a three-week abroad experience.
“This model creates new synergies between our programs abroad and academic departments,” explains Samantha Brandauer ’95, director of Dickinson’s Center for Global Study & Engagement. “It also connects students to their study-abroad destinations throughout the spring semester and weaves together Dickinson’s pillars of global, sustainability, equity and inclusion, and civic action.”
Globally Integrated Semester classes will be taught or team-taught by Dickinson faculty in the U.S. and abroad. The semesterlong workshop series will be co-facilitated by faculty and staff in Dickinson’s Center for Global Study & Engagement, Center for Sustainability Education, Center for Civic Learning & Action and Office of Equity & Inclusivity.
As in previous years, study abroad at Dickinson is available to students in any major. Students earn one credit for the spring course and an additional half-credit after studying abroad.
The spring 2021 globally integrated courses are:
Published November 17, 2020