• You will be enrolled in the co-taught seminar during the fall semester (UC 100; 1 credit). Examples of first-year seminars:
    • Global Perspectives of Identity (2022)
    • Geographic Perspectives on Nationalism (2020)
    • Climate, Capital, and Culture (2018)
  • In addition to the co-taught Global Scholars seminar, the requirements would be inclusive of language and culture. To that effect, we want our Scholars to develop competency, using the resources that Ohio Wesleyan, a small liberal arts college can provide. 

    Students are required to complete four semesters of language and culture, making sure to complete at least two courses at the intermediate level of a language (above the 111 course). In order to complete your four semester-length language courses (4 credits) at OWU prior to the semester abroad, you should plan on taking a language or culture course each semester (fall and spring) for your first two years. 

Sophomore Year

  • You are expected to continue taking language and approved culture courses (related to the region of interest) in this year. Due to the nature of flexibility and inclusivity, you will work directly with the Directors to develop your individualized four language-culture courses. This work will take place during the first-year Global Scholars seminar.
  • In extraordinary cases, a student can petition the Global Scholars Directors to take the fourth course while studying abroad, detailing the justification for such an exception (form available).

 Junior Year

  • Students must complete the language and culture requirements prior to departure for study abroad, but the study plan must be approved during their sophomore year. Students will work on developing a curriculum plan during the first-year Global Scholar seminar. You should work with the Global Scholars Directors and the OWU Connection office (link)

  • Spend a semester abroad in an accredited program, non-English speaking country.
  • Identifying a study abroad should begin in your sophomore year, and We discourage students from studying abroad in predominantly English- speaking countries, including Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. 

Senior Year

  • Senior Thesis Guidelines: After students have completed the Global Scholars first-year seminar, four language and culture semesters, and one semester of study abroad, the final step to become a Palmer Global Scholar is to research, write, and successfully defend a Global Scholars capstone project. Because the Palmer Global Scholars Program is not a major, the only specific guidelines associated with the final project are as follow: 

    • The thesis must be 20-35 pages, including notes and bibliography.

    • The thesis must include a global component.

    • The thesis must adhere to the requirements dictated by the Global Scholar’s major field to which it contributes knowledge. 

      • If applicable, students should also see and adhere to Honors Program Thesis requirements (Graduation with Honors)

    • A condensed form of the thesis must be presented at the Student Symposium (link) in the Spring semester where Directors of the Palmer Global Scholars Program will evaluate the project. **Rubric coming soon

    • Your completed project will be posted to the Global Scholars site.

Additional Requirements

  • Global Scholars must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students falling below 3.0 face expulsion from the program at the discretion of the GSFB.

Global Studies Contact Information


Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015
P Dr. Nathan Rowley (
P Dr. Eva Paris-Huesca (

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