About the Global Citizenship Program | Webster University

About the Global Citizenship Program

To complete the Global Citizenship Program, students will take two seminars, the First-year Seminar as new students and the Global Keystone Seminar as juniors. In addition, students will complete eight courses of at least three credit hours each in the general education portion of the program. (Accommodations are made for students in programs with unusually high credit-hour requirements and in BFA, BSN, BM, and BMEd programs. See the Undergraduate Catalog or consult your advisor.)

These courses are designed both to help students learn content knowledge and also to help students develop the skills they need for 21st century success.

Global Citizenship Program:

If your requirements fall under the Global Citizenship Program, you will complete 30 credit hours.

Degree requirements – 6 credit hours as indicated below:

FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar 3 credit hours (Required for all students -- see below for substitute courses for transfer students.)

Global Citizenship Program Keystone Seminar 3 credit hours (Required for all students.)

General Course Requirements: 24 credit hours of knowledge/skills courses. Each GCP course is coded for a knowledge area and a skill. You need:

Knowledge Areas:

  1. 6 credit hours from courses with two different prefixes designated 'Roots of Cultures.'
  2. 6 credit hours from courses with two different prefixes designated 'Social Systems and Human Behavior.'
  3. 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Physical and Natural World.'
  4. 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Global Understanding.'
  5. 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Arts Appreciation'
  6. 3 credit hours from courses designated for 'Quantitative Literacy.'

Skills Requirements:

  1. All students must complete three credit hours in courses coded for each of the following skills:

    1. Written Communication
    2. Oral Communication
    3. Critical Thinking
    4. Intercultural Competence
    5. Ethical Reasoning
  2. Students will usually complete the Skills Requirement with courses in the GCP Course Requirements but may also complete it with appropriately coded courses within their major, or within other coded courses not part of the GCP.

Frequently Asked Questions about Global Citizenship

Can I use courses from my major in the GCP?

No, courses from the major will not count to fulfill GCP requirements, with the exception of double majors.

If I double major, how many courses can I use toward GCP from each major?

No courses used to fulfill the course requirements of a student's first major may be used to satisfy Global Citizenship Program Course Requirements.

Courses in a second major or in a minor or certificate program may be used to satisfy Global Citizenship Program requirements. Special accommodations are made adjusting this requirement for a small number of majors with high credit-hour requirements, as indicated in the description of the specific major.

I transferred after my first semester, and FRSH 1200 is only for first-semester students. What do I do?

Several Webster courses have been available as substitutes for the First Year Seminar requirement. Like FRSH 1200, each of these emphasizes integrative learning (making interdisciplinary connections and connections between life experiences and academic knowledge).

Non-traditional students and transfer students without an AA need a substitute course for FRSH 1200 chosen from the following: HRTS 1100*, MUSC 1051, MUSC 1052, PHIL 1010*, PHIL 1200, PHIL 2320*, POLT 1550, SCIN 1030*, SOCI 2375*, SPCM 1040 or SUST 1100. FYS Substitute courses may NOT also fulfill a Knowledge or Skill. In addition, a limited number of courses at other colleges have been identified as FRSH 1200 substitutes. These include the IDS "Cornerstone" courses in the St. Louis Community College system and transfer courses equivalent to the Webster courses listed here with an asterisk (*).