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Center for Global Initiatives

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Global Village

Global Village

The Center for Global Initiatives and the Division of Student Affairs are offering a living learning residential experience for students with academic interests in global understanding and awareness. Explore the global village that is Los Angeles with faculty and staff, take courses as a cohort, and apply for guaranteed internships for Global Village students. Residents will be eligible for additional $2,500 housing scholarships.


Where: Chalon Campus


The student should be able to demonstrate an academic interest or focus in global or international work through relevant majors:

  • Any student with a major/minor in Cultural Studies and languages/studies in the Modern Languages Dept., Global Politics, or International Relations or a concentration in Global Health Care Policy (HealthCare Policy), Human Rights (Sociology), or International Business (Business).
  • Other majors/minors in the humanities or social sciences with an international emphasis.
  • Any Honors Program student or GWSTEM honors student.
  • International students may apply regardless of major.
  • Students returning from MSMU study abroad semesters may apply.
  • Exchange students will be housed here.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students who do not have an international focus in their major (or are not in GWSTEM) may apply by submitting a one-page essay on the following:

Prompt: How would living in the Global Village add to your studies at the Mount and to your future career plans?

  • Fall 2021: priority given to first-year students and those with sophomore standing.

Academic Requirements

4 units fall semester; 5 units spring semester.

Transfer students may be waived out of spring semester courses or Cultural Studies 107A if they are bringing in an equivalent course(s). Students who are new to the GV but have already taken a FYS spring seminar other than the FYS Global do not need to repeat FYS. Transfer students who are waived out of FYS do not need to take FYS in the spring semester to maintain standing in the GV.

Year one for all Global Village students (first-year students OR first semester in GV):

  • CGI 01: Global Awareness and Engagement: This course is only open to the GV residents and creates an entrance to the cohort experience.
    With Dr. Lia Roberts in the Fall of ’21 (faculty rotate; course can be retaken)
  • Cultural Studies 107A (3 units)
  • Global Politics 2: Intro to World Politics (3 units)
  • FYS 2G Global Understanding and Awareness (2 units)

All GV students will be required to participate in six co-curricular activities per semester. These must be approved by the Director of the Center for Global Initiatives. For students who would like to continue living in the Global Village, these are the only requirements post first year.

Contact Dr. Lia Roberts (