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Global Focus

Global Citizen Plaza Participating in study abroad programs can help you complete some of your general education (GE) requirements.

If you enroll in a semester abroad program, you will complete the 6-credit Global Focus, although no separate credit other than those earned for courses taken abroad is awarded.

If you enroll in an Interterm or Summer international travel course, you will receive credit towards the Global Focus category up to the credit of the travel course. Global Focus requires 6 credits total. If the course is focused on language completion, you will receive credit towards the language requirement/Language Inquiry rather than Global Focus, since a course may only be used in one GE category.

Many courses taken abroad may already be identified as fulfilling one or more GE categories.  The Global Gateway will help you identify courses that have already been reviewed for GE categories at the institution you plan to attend. If you take a course not listed in the Global Gateway, you may submit it for GE consideration by using the Transfer/Study Abroad Course Petition for GE Approval form. Be sure to completely read the instructions. Some tips on submitting courses:

  • If a course already has GE designations assigned, do not submit it for other GE designations.  The course has already been evaluated for GE, and the designated GE categories are the only ones the course may be used to complete.
  • If a course has no designated GE category on the Global Gateway, and it appears to fit one of Chapman’s GE categories, you may submit it for review. If it has been previously reviewed and denied for the GE category you requested, it will be denied.
  • Many students submit courses that include a significant writing component for consideration for Written Inquiry, but the amount of required writing is not part of the consideration for Written Inquiry approval. A Written Inquiry course must examine the ways language is used to negotiate social, educational, and intellectual relationships in various contexts to a range of audiences.