• You will be enrolled in the co-taught seminar during the fall semester (UC 100; 1 credit). Examples of first-year seminars:
    • Geographic Perspectives on Nationalism (2020)
    • Language and Place (2019)
    • Climate, Capital, and Culture (2018)
    • Borders: Gender, Race, and Politics of Citizenship (2017)
  • In order to complete four semester-length language courses (4 credits) at OWU prior to the semester abroad, you should plan on taking one language course each semester (fall and spring). 

Sophomore Year

  • You are expected to complete your third and fourth language courses in this year.
  • In extraordinary cases, a student can petition the Global Scholars co-Directors to take the fourth course while studying abroad, detailing the justification for such an exception.

 Junior Year

  • Spend a semester abroad in an accredited program, ideally in a non-English speaking country.
  • Identifying a study abroad should begin in your sophomore year, and you should work with the Global Scholars co-Directors and the OWU Connection office (link)

Senior Year

  • Senior Thesis Guidelines: After students have completed the introductory interdisciplinary seminar, 4 semesters of language study, and 1 semester of study abroad, the final step to become a Palmer Global Scholar is to research, write, and successfully defend a Global Scholars thesis 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 (Departmental or University Honors)

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

    • Your completed thesis 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 740-368-3666 (Dr. Mary Anne Lewis Cusato)
P 740-368-3619 (Dr. Nathan Rowley)

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