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Global Study (Global Focus)

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

If you enroll in a semester abroad program, you will complete the 6-credit Global Study (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 Study (Global Focus)* category up to the credit of the travel course. Global Study (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 Study (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 have a lot of writing for consideration for Written Inquiry. Please know that the amount of 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.


*Note: we are changing the names of some of our GE categories. The first name listed is the term we have been using, and the term in parentheses is the new name that is beginning to be used this year. You will see this throughout the GE pages.