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Global Understanding Core Abroad

Have questions about fulfilling Global Understanding Core through off-campus study? You've come to the right place!

Can I fulfill the Global Understanding theme of the CORE curriculum through off-campus study?

The Global Understanding core requirement can be fulfilled through participation in most approved international GEO programs (see list of qualifying programs below) WHEN students take the orientation course COR210 “New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures I” before off-campus study and COR211 “New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures II” upon re-entry.

What is COR210 and 211 and why do I need it?

COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures I (0-credit) consists of one all-day Saturday session taken the semester BEFORE you study off-campus. $50 lab fee applies.

This course equips students to reflect purposefully upon the theory and praxis of what it means to be citizen-sojourners rather than passive onlookers or blithe consumers of “culture”.  It examines the interpretation of cultural difference, ethnocentrism, transitioning and crossing cultural boundaries. It addresses how culture shapes behavior and values--an issue that will soon be lived reality for off-campus students.

COR211 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 2 (0-credit) consists of one all-day Saturday session the semester when you return to campus. $50 lab fee applies.

Nobody knows better than a returning student the inadequacy of the question “How was your semester abroad?" It's almost an impossible question. Returning students occupy a unique space between homeland and “foreign home,” and the integration of the two is a complicated journey that requires both time and space. This course equips students to ask the deeper questions of their global experience and take up the challenge of being a citizen-sojourner.

Who can take COR210/211 and how do I register?

On your GEO application for study abroad you'll also be asked to indicate that you have or will be registering for the course. Students planning to study off-campus in qualifying semester programs and international seminars will be sent a link by the GEO to register.

If you have a question about getting registered and participating, email


Semester/Year Programs that fulfill Global Core when taken with COR210 and 211:

Petition programs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


International Seminars that fulfill Global Core when taken with COR210 and 211:

  • Belize - Kinesiology
  • Belize - Natural History
  • China
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa

Please note British Theatre fulfills Aesthetics Sensibilities and Practices core credit and not Global Understanding.


Elijah Project and AJ Missions Interns in international settings (for a minimum of 3 weeks) seeking Global Understanding core should:

  • fill out the petition form and submit that to the GEO in February/March of the semester before their summer internship
  • Participation in COR210/211 required


Global Internships through Career Services are proposed by CS Advisor (not by the individual student) for Global Understanding upon an annual basis. Approvals change from year to year.

  • Petition for qualifying internships brought by CS advisor
  • Participation in COR210/211 required


Summer Missions Programs: students leaders of international SMPs should submit the  "Petition for Alternate Credit Global Understanding Core" to the GEO for review by the GE Committee . (Please note that the Dean of Chapel needs to sign off as the advisor on that Petition form.)

Student leaders submit the proposal on behalf of all participants. Petitions for SMPs need to be filed with the GE Committee before May 1.

  • BCM225 substitutes COR210 before the SMP
  • COR211 must be taken upon return to campus.



Students seeking Global Understanding Core for experiences that are hitherto unapproved or which were taken prior to their time at Gordon (i.e. transfer students) need to complete the "Petition for Alternate Credit Global Understanding Core." Most students seeking alternate credit will be required to participate in these courses. Petition form available at the GEO, MacDonald 130.

PLEASE NOTE:  Petitions for summer programs need to be filed with the GEO by March 1 in order to give the GE Committee time to meet and for approved students to be registered for the appropriate COR210 and 211 classes.

Please contact the GEO with questions you may have. Stop by MacDonald 130 or email us at .