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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Global Citizenship

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First-Year Students and Sophomores: Fundamental to attainment of the honors global citizenship competency is skill in a second language.  A student’s language competency goals depend upon which language they study, at what level they start their language study, and what major(s) they pursue. Honors advisors and language faculty assist in the process of identifying second language goals for the students. Many honors students begin taking language courses in their first year of studies, and it is recommended that they complete their competency by the end of their sophomore year.  Common languages for Honors students to study include Spanish, German, French, and Scandinavian Studies, among many other options.  Honors students learn what it means to be a global citizen in Honors FYEX 100 and HONR 201. They develop knowledge about cultures by participating in honors section of General Education courses and by attending lectures or cultural events on campus, such as Bangladesh or Korean night.

Juniors and Seniors: Honors students continue to develop deeper learning about peoples and cultures with which they were unfamiliar. Students find opportunities to personally engage with people from different backgrounds outside of the classroom. Students may study abroad, connect with people from other cultures on campus or in community via service projects, or both.  Though studying abroad is not required for honors students, many take advantage of that opportunity and most often travel to a country whose people speak the language the student has been studying. Our students have studied in Ecuador, France, Germany, Jamaica, Nepal, and Norway, among other places.  Also,  many global citizenship related volunteer opportunities exist closer to home. Some students work with English as Second Language (ESL) individuals at the Lincoln Community Center to help adapt them to American culture and language, while others have volunteered at the Open Door Health Clinic. Regardless of the avenue the student chooses, the goal is to be able to “see the world through someone else’s eyes” through a combination of deep book learning and personal engagement.


 Additional opportunities to develop your global citizenship competency:


On and Off Campus Diversity Activities