Global Miami Plan - Fall 2015

Academic Foundation (27-28 credits)

Each Foundation course incorporates written communication and advances critical thinking as well as at least two additional competencies. The Foundation component enables students to gain a breadth of knowledge across multiple domains of learning:

  1. English Composition (3 hours)
  2. Creative Arts, Humanities & Social Science (9 hours)
    1. Creative Arts (3 hours)
    2. Humanities (3 hours)
    3. Social Science (3 hours)
  3. Global Perspectives (6 hours)
    1. Study Abroad OR
    2. Global Courses
  4. Natural Sciences (6 hours) – including a laboratory experience (often an additional credit hour)
    1. Biological Science (3 hours)
    2. Physical Science (3 hours)
  5. Mathematics, Formal Reasoning or Technology (3 hours)

Intercultural Perspectives (3 credits)

The Intercultural Perspectives requirement expands on the learning outcomes of the Global Miami Plan foundation requirements. These courses prepare students for effective citizenship in a diverse multicultural society in the US or beyond by helping students to recognize new perspectives about their own cultural rules and biases.

Advanced Writing Course (3 credits)

Advanced writing courses (200 or 300 level) are offered by instructors in disciplines, departments, and programs across the university and feature student writing as the central focus, frequent opportunities to write with instructor feedback on multiple drafts of major projects, and substantial writing projects.

Students are advised to take an advanced writing course in their second or third year.

Experiential Learning (EL) Requirement (0 or more credits)

Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an “out of the traditional classroom” context.  It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings.

The EL requirement can be met through a Global Miami Plan course or course in the major (at the lower or upper-division level) that has been approved for this requirement.  Some of the approved courses include designated service-learning courses, credit- and non-credit-bearing internships, independent studies (numbered 177, 277, 377 or 477) that involve significant independent work focusing on research and including a presentation, lab, or archive component (carrying the “R” modifier), and student teaching.

Thematic Sequence (9 credits)

The thematic sequence is met by completing related courses (at least nine hours) in an approved Thematic Sequence outside the student’s department of major.  One foundation course may also apply to the thematic sequence.

Each sequence will collectively include opportunities for written communication & critical thinking plus advance at least three other competencies.  The department(s) that propose and offer the Thematic Sequence may select those outcomes that best align with the objectives of the Thematic Sequence.

A second major, co-major, or minor outside of the student’s department of first major can count for the Thematic Sequence.

Students may propose self-designed sequences.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

The capstone course requirement is met by completing three hours in an approved capstone course during a student’s senior year.  Capstone courses feature a substantial written student-initiated project that encourages students to integrate knowledge gained throughout their undergraduate experience.