Global Distinction Program

The Global Distinction program is an academic enrichment program that seeks to globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global activities, awareness and dialogue. The program is a partnership between North Carolina community colleges and the World View program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Students develop global competencies and skills needed for today’s interconnected and interdependent world. By analyzing global issues and participating in intercultural activities, students will develop skills that are highly attractive to both employers and universities. Participants will receive specialized advising throughout the program to guide their experience.

Students who complete the program earn the title of Scholar of Global Distinction, which will appear on their transcript and can be included on their resumes and college applications.

To graduate as a Scholar of Global Distinction, students must:

  • Complete at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses with a grade of A or B.
    • View the list of approved courses. Some courses are “inherently global” meaning their content is considered global by nature. Examples are World Religions, and foreign languages. Other courses are “globalized” by faculty who choose to incorporate global themes into the course content in various ways.
  • Participate in at least 8 internationally-themed activities (i.e. speakers, films, performances).
    • Students will consult with a Global Distinction advisor to select events that will enrich their overall academic program. A wide variety of globally-themed events happen on a regular basis in our community and on campus. Global Distinction participants submit a written reflection on these cultural experiences.
  • Participate in 30 hours of intercultural experience, either through study abroad or an approved domestic program.
    • The Global Distinction program encourages students to deepen their academic understanding of the world by interacting directly with people from cultures they have studied. With the guidance of Global Distinction advisors, students select a program, either overseas or closer to home, through which they can work directly with others of another culture.
  • Complete a capstone presentation related to their overall participation in the Global Distinction program.
    • As a final requirement for the program, Global Distinction students develop a presentation to showcase what they’ve learned through the program for the campus community.

Students enrolled in any two-year Associate degree program are eligible to participate.

No deadline – apply anytime!

Course List

Interested students should submit an application form. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Hahn.