Coursework in the Global Scholars Program totals 15 credits spread over 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer):
Global Pathways (3 credit): This course will explore the intersection of academic research and public policy to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. As an introductory part of the Global Scholars Program, this course will also set the foundation for a year-long discovery and exploration of theoretical frameworks and important issues related to decision-making in foreign policy. Decision making in foreign policy does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, it results from an interplay of elected officials, bureaucrats, political parties, interest groups, the media, voters, and foreign actors.
*Decision Making in Foreign Policy (3 credits): This course explores how foreign policy is made and implemented in Washington, D.C. We will analyze the factors that shape policy choices and their execution/enforcement across a range of issue areas and institutions at the national level. This three credit course will build on the one credit fall global pathways course.
*This course occurs in January over students' Winter Break, but falls on students' fall transcript
Principal Agent Theory & International Organizations (3 credits, COLL 300): This course explores how policy decisions are made and implemented in international organizations. We will analyze the factors that shape policy choices and their execution/enforcement across a range of issue areas and institutions at the international level. The three-credit course will build on the Global Pathways course and the 3 credit DC winter institute course.
Internship Course (6 credits): one of three internship options:
To ensure all students have a common baseline, you will also need to have taken - or be concurrently enrolled during the program - in at least one of the following courses in “Core” and at least one of the following in “Methods.”
*Other Core/Methods classes outside of the above list will be considered upon request.
Core (either prior to program start or concurrently enrolled during fall semester)
GOV 204 Introduction to International Politics
PUBP 201 Introduction to Public Policy
ENSP 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
INRL 300 International Relations in Disciplinary Perspectives
SOCL 205 Global Social Problems
SOCL 313 Globalization and International Development
Methods (either prior to program start or concurrently enrolled during spring semester)
DATA 146 Intro to Data Science
CSCI 140 Programming for Data Science
CSCI 141 Computational Problem Solving
GIS 201 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
Any social sciences methods course
Any statistics course
Students will be responsible for compiling a portfolio of works throughout the year and will be guided by program staff to connect their experiences with those works.
As a graduating senior, you have two options for the summer internship course:
Total cost (including airfare and some meals abroad) is expected to be $10,750 for in state students and $12,250 for out of state students. Scholarships will be available for all eligible students based on need and for any student participating in an unpaid internship experience. Students will be encouraged to apply for scholarship funding after being accepted into the program and must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid to be considered.
Note: Cost variability is based on fluctuating study abroad costs. Final costs will be determined before the fall 2023 semester.
Program staff and faculty will work with scholars to find and secure internships that meet the scholar's academic and career interests. Staff and faculty will review application materials, conduct mock interviews, and guide students throughout the process of applying. Scholars will also have access to W&M's vast alumni network to help find organizations/positions that fit scholars' professional interests. E-internships will be facilitated via the Global Research Institute.