Global Engagement Minor

The Global Engagement Minor (GEM) draws from many disciplines across the University to give you the awareness, knowledge and, in some cases, the skills necessary to understand our complex and rapidly changing world. 

This minor focuses on the practical and theoretical issues arising from cross-cultural encounters both by examining conventional cultural products and practices and also by investigating their broader political and social contexts. It recognizes that there is hardly any aspect of contemporary human existence that is not in some way affected by the increasing global interdependency of humanity.

The Global Engagement minor is designed to integrate an international perspective into your education, fostering a deeper awareness that we are all citizens of a global community. 


  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division.
  • This minor offers the opportunity for all majors to highlight their global awareness.
  • Choose from dozens of courses in four categories, which represent the majority of academic disciplines.
  • The GEM includes an international experience, either through study abroad or local global learning.

entering and completing the MINOR

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter this minor, you may select the program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select the minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the minor.

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