Begun in 1995, the Global Focus Program at Chatham University concentrates on one country or region of the world each year to enable the college community to engage in a comprehensive study of that region through coursework, class assignments, campus events, community activities, co-curricular programs and service learning projects. By the time she graduates, a Chatham undergraduate will have been immersed in four countries or world regions in her curriculum work and co-curricular activities.
The Global Focus program, during which the entire Chatham community spends an academic year exploring in depth the history, culture and people of a segment of the world, has been a hallmark of the Chatham University experience for nearly a decade. The Global Focus Year of the Communities of Islam received the Institute of International Education’s 2002–2003 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.
Students, faculty and staff work together in planning overseas travels, campus events, selecting speakers and lecture topics, and engaging in collaborative academic assignments. Faculty members teaching the First Year Writing Program choose an all–campus reading which focuses on the selected region and the author is invited to visit the campus, interact with students in their classes, as well as give a public lecture. In addition, throughout the academic year, several art gallery exhibitions, student theater performances, and an array of community outreach initiatives embrace and feature the focus region.
Global Focus Programs
- The Year of Europe: Scandinavia (2012-2013)
- The Year of South Asia: Vietnam (2011-2012)
- The Year of Turkey (2010-2011)
- The Year of Africa: The Economic Community of West African States– ECOWAS (2009-2010)
- The Year of Brazil (2008-2009)
- The Year of Europe: Germany (2007-2008)
- The Year of the Far East: China (2006-2007)