Global Convergence Studies (GCS) sees the significance and individuality of each student. GCS assists each student in the creation of their unique major so that they receive a Bachelor’s degree that prepares them for their career or entrance into graduate school. GCS accomplishes this by firstly supporting students in the creation of their unique major, and then walking alongside them as they complete their university work. Our educational goals are to enhance HGU education and career opportunities by encouraging students to create majors for themselves and to provide an incubator for ideas that diversify and strengthen HGU majors which attract international students. GCS courses provide a Christian understanding of vocation and assist students in apprehending a global context for their career. GCS has enhanced HGU education through creative student-centered, self-designed, and inter-disciplinary major courses.
The paradigm for graduated students seeking entry-level positions in non-technical careers in corporations and institutions is moving from the traditional major course of study to a well-rounded course of study.
Employers want more from the candidate. They want candidates to have a solid grasp of their field of study along with exposure to related and peripheral areas.
GCS’s student-centered and cross-disciplinary approach to curriculum helps the student prepare for their future career.
Curriculum in GCS is a process that begins with discernment and ends with the fulfillment of each student’s career objective.
Generally, curriculum is different for each GCS student, but follows the three building blocks of most of the majors at HGU; Cornerstone, Keystone, and Capstone.
Cornerstone – Each students discerns their career vocation through meeting with their advising professor and completing the entry level course Vision, Work and Calling. After identifying their future career and corresponding academic goals and objectives, the student begins developing and implementing a path to successfully enter that career, which could include graduate school. The student creates a course curriculum that begins with introductory courses in their created major. These courses are offered by HGU at the 10000 and 20000 course levels.
Keystone – The student then begins to take courses unique to their major, either at HGU continuing there studies at the 10000 or 20000 level, through HGU’s extensive exchange program with associate colleges and universities throughout the world, or through HGU’s well developed and professor supervised MOOC program. All of the student’s course work at this level is to help the student clearly apprehend their unique major. As well, through their studies, the student’s advising professor is walking alongside them helping them to continually discern their academic path for their future career success.
Capstone – The final phase for the student’s is to complete the academic work at the 30000 and 40000 HGU courses level, and then to apply what has been learned through one of three different senior endeavors; internship, project, or thesis. The student chooses one depending on which creates the best advantage for their future success. An internship might be best for the student seeking an entry level position in their career. A project might best for the student whose academic work must include a significant project in their career portfolio. A thesis might be best for the student entering graduate studies. And still, through the student’s Capstone phase of their academic work their advising professor and now Capstone professor are walking alongside them towards graduation.
From the beginning to the end of the student’s academic work, the course curriculum is created for the student’s unique major which best complements the path towards their vocational career.
For me, as being a part of GCS, I am really grateful because I can choose to learn what I have a passion for. My major is Cross-cultural human services management which is about non-profit organization management. What I have learned is not just how to manage but I learned to understand others, have empathy, understand and respect the differences of the individuals which are the skills that needed not only for working but for living as well. I think GCS is one of the leading programs where students get to learn what they wanted to for their own future that is not based on a status quo.