Global Knowledge

Requirement (1 course designated as a GEP GK course or an academic course taken via study abroad, 0 additional credit hours)

  • Choose one course from the university approved GEP Global Knowledge course list.
  • Courses on additional GEP course lists that satisfy the Global Knowledge co-requisite will have a “GK” co-requisite indicator next to the course.
  • Any academic course taken in a study abroad context may satisfy the GEP global knowledge requirement.
  • Special Note:  If a student changes a General Education course except for HES courses from a letter grade to credit-only (S/U), then the course will not satisfy the GEP requirements. Consult your academic advisor if you have questions.


  • A course taken to satisfy another GEP category may also be used to satisfy the Global Knowledge co-requisite if the course also exists on the university approved GEP co-requisite course list.


Global knowledge is necessary for students to understand the world and their place in it. The global knowledge requirement provides students the opportunity to explore the complex interrelationships among nations, to gain a deeper appreciation of other cultures and peoples, and to evaluate the impact of U.S. culture and policy on the rest of the world.

Category Objectives

Each course in Global Knowledge will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve goal #1 plus at least one of #2, #3, or #4.

  1. Identify and examine distinguishing characteristics, including ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological or scientific developments, and/or attitudes of people in a society or culture outside the United States. And at least one of the following:
    1. Compare these distinguishing characteristics between the non-U.S. society and at least one other society.
    2. Explain how these distinguishing characteristics relate to their cultural and/or historical contexts in the non-U.S. society.
    3. Explain how these distinguishing characteristics change in response to internal and external pressures on the non-U.S. society.

Current GK GEP Category List