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Global Learning Seminars

First-Year Seminars are an exciting program of small, innovative classes that reflect the instructor's intellectual interests. Limited to 19 students each, these unique courses promote intellectual exchange, critical thinking, and community.

Global Learning Seminars, a collaboration between UC Davis Global Affairs and First-Year Seminars, provide an occasion for students to explore cultural diversity and/or learn about global challenges and how they are being addressed, while developing awareness and critical thinking skills that will help them thrive in an interconnected world.

Global Learning Seminars aim to enhance students’ sense of identity, community, and ethics, as well as their capacity for problem-solving and perspective-taking, in ways that are at once collaborative, equitable, and sustainable. These seminars are an important way that UC Davis is pursuing Global Education for All—a campus goal to provide 100% of UC Davis students with global learning experiences.

Global Seminars provide important opportunities for students to:

  1. Build Global Awareness
    • Students examine actions and relationships that influence global systems from multiple perspectives, analyzing how complex systems impact themselves and others
  2. Embrace Diversity
    • Students explore complex dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion around the world, including language, culture and identity
  3. Act Globally
    • Students create strategies to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities to collaboratively address global challenges, locally and beyond.

The most important element of a Global Seminar is that you are excited about introducing students to an important topic that will get them thinking about global systems, their implications for people’s lives and/or planetary sustainability, and/or how people are working to improve them.

Ready to Propose a Global Learning Seminar?

For more information and resources for submitting a Global Learning Seminar, please visit the Global Learning Seminars webpage on the First-Year Seminars website

More Information 

For questions about faculty opportunities and resources within Global Affairs, please contact Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, director of faculty engagement, at