As members of the 21st century, we experience, daily, the impact of globalization. From communication to health, to the arts and sciences, to government and business, there is a growing need to incorporate an international perspective. Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of World Studies has developed the World Passport program to invigorate students and to get them excited about the unique, cross-disciplinary and international opportunities at VCU.
The World Studies Passport is a record of a student’s interaction with the world. The School of World Studies’ commitment to learning through engagement requires each SWS major to complete four color-coded categories presented in the World Passport. Each category is assigned a point system. Each color represents a number of points. For all SWS majors, a total of 100 points (earned within all four categories) must be completed before graduation. After completing the set amount for each category, the student may earn the remaining points by attending a combination of events from the green, blue or red sections.
The World Passport is a record of a student's interaction with the world. The passports are color-coded for activities to be completed by students from VCU with a degree from the School of World Studies, before graduation. It is divided into four major areas:
All four categories are required for graduation. If you have any questions on how to meet this requirement, please contact the SWS Advising Office.
Students pursuing one of the majors within the School of World Studies must complete an experiential learning requirement in order to graduate.
Validation of Attendance/Involvement: To receive points for attendance or involvement in a qualifying activity, you need to show proof that you actually attended the event. There are several ways to do this. Most World Studies Events will have a sign-up sheet for attendance – simply sign your name. You may also have a professor or organizer of the event sign a brochure, flyer, or program to certify your attendance. Attendance must involve a good faith effort to participate in a reasonable portion of the event or activity. For presentations of research, a copy of the program with your name listed as one of the presenters will suffice. For more extended involvement (coordinating or volunteering), a brief letter stating the extent of your involvement from one of the event sponsors or head coordinators will be valid.
Evaluation of the passport is on a pass/fail basis. Should a student lose the passport, he or she will be required to recreate attendance at events in essay form, or complete the requirement anew.
The qualifying activities listed under each area are the activities for which students may earn points. Activities that are not listed, but may be relevant to the passport, can potentially be counted with official approval. In order for activities to be considered for qualification, students must complete a Password Request Form and submit it to the advising office. Each activity or event may be used to earn points in only one Area at a time.