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Global Integrated Learning in the Curriculum

Author: Jim Lucas, Michigan State University


Michigan State University approaches general education reform with a focus on strengthening integrative learning through high-impact pedagogy, while connecting it to big, global challenges. This document depicts MSU’s conceptualization of a strong integrative studies program, along with one possible curricular map for implementation. The model draws on campus-wide discussions about the meaning of global, learning, and integration, and it explores the potential intersections between those terms.

Also included in the file is a sample curricular model that operationalizes the Global Integrated Learning framework. This is merely one possible design for embedding a Global Integrated Learning pathway into the curriculum as a common, core component.