All students should have the ability to:

  • Understand a place outside of their home country, using a complex set of skills and knowledge that represents the diversity of disciplines and learning experiences at Grinnell College. “Place” can be defined broadly as a city, region, ecosystem, or other geographic entity, and it includes the people who reside in that location.
  • Understand a global process or system (e.g. climate change and sustainability, migration, development, international trade, linguistic patterns, religious practices, literary or artistic traditions, colonialism) that connects different places in the world.
  • Identify a topic, issue, practice, custom, idea and/or historical debate on which people in different parts of the world have different opinions or attitudes, and different ways of expressing them, and then be able to explain the reasons behind these differences.
  • Understand their home or home country in global terms. That is, students should understand the relationships between the home country and other places in the world, and students should recognize how particular characteristics of the home country are practiced differently in other places.