Global Citizenship Program

A First-Year Ampersand Program

Globalization, Development, and Citizenship through an Interdisciplinary Lens

Offering fundamental skills relevant to Global Studies, this First-Year Ampersand Program examines what it means to be a citizen of the world, challenging its participants to engage in both demanding texts and real-life scenarios. This two-semester course sequence led by three instructors from different disciplines will equip you to think critically and holistically about how our own mental maps compare to the realities of a globalized world.

Through the program's additional weekly workshop, you will develop the skills and the critical consciousness to consider what it means to be a "global citizen" in today's world. Second semester, you will engage in a community-based learning project in which you partner with a local organization to explore tangible ways to foster and practice solidarity within the St. Louis community. An optional trip at the end of the semester, after exams, will provide further opportunities for hands-on learning and interaction with organizations and people involved in the themes of the course.

The GCP Curriculum Path

This yearlong opportunity is led by three instructors and includes a unique course for each semester, as well as a yearlong workshop focused on experiential learning.

See the full curriculum path here

Admission FAQ

How do I apply for admission to the GCP?

After you have committed to coming to Washington University, you will receive a publication entitled “Getting Started” which lists GCP as well as a number of other first-year programs. You are asked to register your interest and submit a brief essay to apply. For the essay (no more than 500 words), you must address a topic of international concern, highlighting your own interests and qualifications.

When do applications open?

The application process for first-year programs and seminars opens on Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. (CT) and closes on Monday, May 16, at noon (CT). You will need your WUSTL Key to apply, so please be sure to sign up for your WUSTL Key by Tuesday, May 10 to give it 24 hours to activate. There will be a link to the application webform on the First-Year Programs homepage during this time for you to sign up. A statement of interest (no more than 500 words) is required when you submit your application online.

What criteria are used in selecting participants?

We try to make the best match we can between students and program by looking at your background, your current interests, and your academic achievements. A strong essay is key in the application process.

What if I am not admitted into GCP but would like to get started on Global Studies? 

There are many ways to gain an international perspective during your first year of college. Courses like World History, International Politics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and civilization courses are available to all incoming students and provide a wonderful foundation for advanced study. You can also enroll in foreign language classes in preparation for studying abroad. Finally, if you are certain you want to be a Global Studies (GS) major, you may want to apply to be a part of the GS Honor Society.