Faculty Projects & Initiatives

GE courses on Global Challenges

Dr. Shapiro, who has served on a national committee called Global Challenges through AASCU and the American Democracy Project since 2007, and Dr. España-Nájera form part of a committee with other faculty at Fresno State to develop two new general education courses designed to provide students with a cross-disciplinary approach to large global issues. It is the committee's goal to develop critical thinking courses taught around global challenges and global citizenship in hopes of reaching a large section of our students. The courses will be designated with a writing requirement and a strong emphasis on group interaction and discussion between students, developing critical thinking skills and creating a greater sense of self-efficacy and agency through well-organized service learning assignments that reflect on these global challenges. The courses will be developed by faculty members in the Departments of Anthropology, Psychology, History, Chicano and Latin American Studies and Social Work Education.
For more ideas on incorporating global topics to courses, including a link to Dr. Shapiro's co-authored book, see the Center for Strategic and International Studies.