A Strong Core of Liberal Arts
Our Global Citizenship Program (GCP) embodies the liberal arts core of every undergraduate’s education at Webster. The GCP is Webster University’s signature program that distinguishes it from many other liberal arts programs in institutions of higher education. It will broaden your horizons, in order to help prepare you for diverse and demanding work in your career. The GCP course series will also develop your core competencies for responsible global citizenship.
The GCP is a common experience for all Webster bachelor students around the world.
Beginning in your first semester, you’ll enroll in a combination of GCP courses that develop your intellectual capacity in:
6 Knowledge Areas
Human Cultures (Roots of Cultures)
People & Institutions (Social Systems & Human Behavior)
Physical & Natural World
Languages (Global Understanding)
Your academic advisors will coach you during your bachelors's degree, as you select courses that fulfill each of these areas. Your typical semester will include courses in your major and courses in the GCP.
Global Citizenship Program
In addition to the knowledge you learn in the GCP, you will also deveop transversal skills that support your personal and professional development:
5 Skills areas
In addition to the courses that fulfill the GCP requirements, the department offers courses in a range of elective areas. Primary themes for elective courses include:
French language and culture
Ethics and philosophy
Science and sustainability
The arts (creative writing, visual arts, acting)
These aligns with our institutional effort to create a culture of "respect, wellness and sustainability” at Webster University Geneva. In addition, many courses are directly related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), expanding your awareness of global challenges, and building upon your capcity to contribute as a global citizen in your future career.
The GCP program also houses an academic Minor in French, which is important because it gives you a chance to improve your language skills to better integrate into the Swiss job market.
Sample Courses Offered in the GCP include:
The purpose of this course is to immerse students in the rich variety of artwork that characterizes art production in the 21st century. Current Art will give you an insider’s view of the art world and art market in Switzerland. You will meet and interact with several art world professionals who will present their work through the Meet the Artist Lecture Series held on the Geneva campus, and will also get a glimpse into the global contemporary art world by visiting the world-renowned Art Basel, the world’s largest art fair. The course will shed light on some of the major theoretical frameworks driving contemporary artistic production and reception today. It will also enable the development of skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and independent research. This course is suitable to students of all levels.
Digital Basic Photography
This is a course in basic photography in which you will utilize a digital workflow from capture to output. In this class, students will learn the fundamental aspects of digital photography which a beginner should know to start thinking like a professional. You will learn about basic digital cameras, their adjustments, and how choices of these adjustments affect the final image. In this course, you will learn how to digitally process these images using basic software skills and how to best repurpose these image files for Web or for print. You will learn how the visual choices you make when you take the photograph, whether they are technical (such as choice of camera setting) or aesthetic (such as composition, color, point of view) determine the content that will be communicated and expressed. If you are planning to travel during your Summer term, this class will teach you how to better use your digital camera and produce images of the highest quality.
The course is structured around several innovative projects that allow you to explore and experience different aspects of intra- and interpersonal communication. In the rich, multicultural environment at Webster Geneva, you will be able to deepen your knowledge of the intercultural element of interpersonal communication. Through a project inspired by anthropological methods, you will work with a partner in order to enhance your understanding of how culture shapes your own intra and interpersonal communication. The course concludes with an exhibition during which students share their contributions to a creative collaborative project that reflects their interpretation of the themes studied during the course.
Topics in Psychology: States of Conciousness, Mindfulness & Hypnotherapy
Our consciousness is perhaps the most pervasive thing in our own individual lives.
Despite its importance, for most of the 20th century, it was off limits, essentially
forbidden as a topic of scientific inquiry. During the past several decades this
has changed and consciousness is now a leading topic in psychology and neuroscience.
The renewed examination of consciousness adds a new integrative framework to the
study of the brain and mind. In this course, we cover a wide range of topics chosen
to learn the basic facts and concepts and to stimulate reflective thinking through
discussion. Topics include: the neural correlates of consciousness, consciousness
vs. (cognitive) unconsciousness, disorders and altered states of consciousness, with
an emphasis on Mindfulness and Hypnosis.
Some Global Citizenship Program requirements can actually ‘double-count’, to support your choice of a second major, a minor or certificate program. In other words, your choices in the GCP can open up some interesting possibilities for you as students.