Frequently Asked Questions
Three specific student learning outcomes are built into each GL course syllabus via course content, assignments and activities:
- Global Perspective: the ability to construct a multi-perspective analysis of issues
- Global Awareness: knowledge of the interconnectedness of issues, trends, and systems
- Global Engagement: willingness to address local, global, international, and intercultural issues
Global Learning courses are categorized as either Foundations or Discipline-Specific. Foundations courses are part of the University Core Curriculum. Discipline-Specific courses are offered within the context of an academic program. A few GL courses may count towards either category. However, no single course may count towards both categories.
If you have completed a GL course, it will count towards your GL Graduation Requirement only if:
• It was taken during or after the semester in which it became a GL course, and
• It was taken at FIU
No. However, we recommend working with your academic advisor when selecting courses. Some majors already include Discipline Specific Global Learning Courses as part of the required course of study, satisfying your major and Global Learning requirements at the same time. In some majors, you may choose your Discipline Specific Global Learning course as an elective from any discipline.
Your Panther Degree Audit (PDA) should automatically add the course to the appropriate category. If you notice an inconsistency on your PDA once you have completed the course, notify your academic advisor for assistance. Please note that no course may be used to meet both requirements.
Unless you only have 0-6 credits remaining towards graduation upon readmission, you must now complete two GL courses. If your University Core Curriculum was fully satisfied upon readmission, you must take one GL Discipline-Specific course and any other GL course. If your University Core Curriculum was not completed upon readmission, then you must take one GL Foundations course and one GL Discipline-Specific course.
Only if it is an approved GL course.
The minimum grade policy for courses to satisfy the Global Learning Graduation Requirement is D- or higher, as defined in the University Academic Policies. It is important to note, however, that there may be circumstances external to the Global Learning Graduation Requirement that may require you to achieve a higher grade in the course, eg. a Gordon Rule course being used to satisfy a section of the University Core Curriculum. Check with your academic advisor regarding your individual circumstance.
Your academic advisor is a professional staff member from your academic department. In some cases, your academic department may also utilize faculty members to assist with advising since they serve as a great resource for learning more about your chosen major. If you are not sure who to go to for advising, contact your academic department or refer to their website. You can find the list of academic departments at http://fiu.edu/academics/colleges-schools/index.html.
If you are currently in one of FIU’s Exploratory Studies majors, you should go to the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for advising. These academic advisors are trained to assist students with finding an appropriate major and are knowledgeable about the University’s academic policies. For more information, visit http://ugrad.fiu.edu/advising.
As of Fall 2012, incoming students are assigned to an academic advisor through the My_eAdvisor tool, which can be accessed through http://my.fiu.edu. After logging in, these students will find information on how to contact their assigned advisor and can send messages and make appointments. For more information, visit https://ugrad.fiu.edu/gsi/students_myeadvisor.html