The purpose of the Core Program Global Connections (CPGC) requirement is to help students develop a global, transnational and/or comparative understanding of geographical, national, political or cultural regions of the world as well as the circulation of people, objects, institutions, and ideas across their boundaries.

Designation Criteria

Courses satisfying this requirement have a global or transnational perspective and/or a comparative framework. CPGC courses must explore how systems, ideas, or themes are implemented or manifested in two or more regions. The systems, themes, or ideas may include but are not limited to: literary, artistic, religious, philosophical, economic, environmental, ideological, political, social, intellectual, scientific, linguistic, etc.

In courses meeting this requirement, the central learning objective of the course must focus on comparisons, interactions, and/or interconnected systems, institutions, themes or ideas in two or more regions of the world or include discussion of the circulation of people, objects, and/or ideas across boundaries.

No course can be designated as more than one of CPUD, CPRF, or CPGC.


Courses satisfying this requirement develop in students two or more of the following outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply methodological and/or experience-based approaches to investigate similarities and differences in how systems and forms of cultural expression are interconnected in two or more regions.

  2. A critical understanding of the topics, practices, systems, or issues that provide a basis for the circulation of people and ideas across geographic, regional, national, state, and imperial boundaries.

  3. A critical understanding of how global institutions and/or systemic structures produce, reinforce or challenge hierarchies and inequ(al)ities.

Contact the Core Program
Johnson Hall

Room 115

Edmond Johnson
Director of Advising, Core Program Coordinator, Affiliated Faculty in Music
Office: Johnson Hall 108