The Certificate of Global Studies records that you have participated in at least two activities with an international focus after you have returned to the U.S. These "co-curricular" activities may include lectures, performances, volunteer work, or conferences, all of which you pre-approve on the Blackboard website. Many of the qualifying events at UK are listed on the website of the International Center. You may hear of others from professors, friends, and organizations located both on and off campus.
You will write a reflective essay for each of the two events or activities, placing your responses to the activity into the context of the other experiences you have gained while earning the Certificate of Global Studies (including your study abroad, language learning, and coursework). A detailed rubric for the essays is available on Blackboard; it is designed to guide your writing into a coherent and engaging statement.
You will also find that we have posted links on Blackboard that lead you to the Writing Center (especially if you want to use an essay as a personal journal) and the University of Kentucky Career Center (especially if you are preparing similar essays for applications to professional or graduate schools).
Dr. Monica Blackmun Visonà, the Faculty Director for the Certificate of Global Studies, will be reading your essays and grading them pass/fail. If your essay does not earn a passing grade, you can incorporate her suggestions and re-submit it.
Participating in our blog is no longer a requirement. However, you may still wish to join this interactive online community, where you can see essays written by other students, and where you can send them comments and encouragement. After you enroll in the CGS "course" in Blackboard, you will receive an "notification of authorship rights" for the UK Certificate Global Studies blog (from Blogger.com). You may either disregard the invitation, or (if you want to join) log in there with your LOGIN@g.uky.edu address.