Global Citizenship Program

Responsible Global Citizenship

Living and working in the 21st century demands more complex skills and abilities than during previous eras. Expert thinking, complex communications skills, problem solving, and working with diverse teams are more important than ever.

Practically speaking, the Global Citizenship Program is a set of undergraduate degree requirements and a general education program developed by Webster University faculty to help prepare students to confront global problems and 21st century challenges. Holistically, it is the blueprint to ensure Webster graduates become skilled women and men, prepared to take responsibility and apply what they know in any situation anywhere.

Today's college students are likely to have more than a dozen jobs by the time they turn 40. Every year, more than 30 million Americans work in jobs that did not exist three months previously (Bureau of Labor Statistics). That pattern holds throughout the developed world.

Webster University is preparing students from more than 100 nations, at campuses on three continents, to meet the demands of this interconnected and global century. Our graduates will confront unanticipated challenges, doing jobs that don't yet exist, as they contribute to solving local, regional, and global problems.

By helping them develop knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, intellectual and practical skills, understanding of personal and global responsibility, and the abilities to integrate and apply what is learned, the Global Citizenship Program is designed to help Webster students excel in this new world.

Webster University’s Global Citizenship Program (GCP) is comprised of a number of courses which have been designed specifically to increase critical thinking, broaden knowledge, and build skills for our students.

Knowledge Areas:

  • Roots of Cultures courses develop knowledge of human cultures and the sources of meaning, focused by engagement with "big questions" whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Social Systems and Human Behavior courses develop knowledge of human cultures and how people and their cultures and institutions work, focused by engagement with "big questions" whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Physical and Natural World courses develop knowledge of the physical and natural world, focused by engagement with "big questions" whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Global Understanding courses develop understanding of cultures foreign to them, or international languages, or forces that draw people of the world together and forces that push them apart.
  • Arts Appreciation courses develop knowledge of human artistic expression gained through analysis, reflection, or practical experience.
  • Quantitative Literacy is a "habit of mind," competency, and comfort in working with numerical data.

Skills Areas:

  • Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  • Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.
  • Intercultural Competence is a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Oral Communication is a prepared and purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, and/or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.
  • Written Communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Written communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

Students who complete the Global Citizenship Program will be able to:

  • Recognize when there is a need for information and identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use and share information relevant for the problem at hand;
  • Explore ideas, issues, images, and events comprehensively by: analyzing and evaluating assumptions and arguments and constructing well-supported arguments; and developing innovative plans or ideas to solve problems;
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesize information across different disciplinary perspectives and life experiences;
  • Assess their own ethical values and in the social context of problems, apply and, evaluate ethical perspectives and concepts;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • Communicate ideas, opinions, and information effectively by preparing and delivering purposeful oral presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listener’s attitudes;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats;
  • Use language effectively to communicate in a variety of written genres;
  • Demonstrate—through effective use of genre, content, and syntax—their understanding of the purpose of the writing and the appropriate approach to a particular audience.