The Global Leadership Center (GLC) is an innovative program that prepares students for leadership opportunities in a rapidly changing world. Open to students in all majors, the GLC brings together the resources of the colleges of Communication, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Business in an interdisciplinary 30-credit-hour program on global issues, with a strong emphasis on real-world projects and problem-solving skills. The program has several distinctive features:
Project-based learning. GLC courses are not traditional classes with lectures, tests, and papers. Instead, students work in project teams on real-world problems and issues. Project-based learning challenges students to determine what they need to know to solve the problem, how they are going to find the information they need, and how they are going to apply it. Project-based learning also changes the role of faculty members. Rather than providing the students with specific course content, faculty advises, consults, and provides feedback on all aspects of a project—from research and analysis, to report writing and presentations.
Learning community. The GLC is housed in Bromley Hall. Students enter the GLC in fall quarter of their sophomore or junior years. Sophomores may choose to spend their sophomore years in residence; residency is also an option for entering juniors and second-year GLC students. Faculty joins students for meals, cultural events, and other activities. The purpose of the residential plan is to build a living and learning community that combines the professional and social spheres and fosters teamwork; in such a community, students working in teams on projects should come to regard each other as colleagues with a shared mission.
International experiences. Each GLC student completes at least two international and cross-cultural projects. First-year GLC students undertake consulting projects, working in binational teams with students from an overseas university (the GLC has worked in Hungary, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Mexico). After the first year, students do an internship overseas or complete a second international experience.
Students apply for admission in their freshman or sophomore year. All standard financial aid programs apply.