Global Engagement Minor

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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

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified a major in this department as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major.
  • To change or enter a major or minor in this department, follow these instructions.
  • 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 major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

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