Global Citizenship Cohort (GCC)

Think responsibly. Become a global citizen.

Do you dream of making the world a better place to live? Are you interested in the environment and social justice issues?

  • Enjoy a first-year experience that will introduce you to a variety of disciplines and build your study skills.
  • Participate in courses connected by a common theme.
  • Study with a small cohort group of like-minded students.

The Faculty of Arts and Science Global Citizenship Cohort (GCC) offers a unique opportunity to connect some of your first-year courses around a common theme while interacting with a group of like-minded students. The theme from our first three years, Water & Sustainability, was so popular we’ve decided to offer it again. However, we have added a second theme for 2018-2019, Identity & Politics. You will have the opportunity to select your first theme of choice in the application.

If working with others to improve the world as global citizens appeal to you, join this small group of curious and motivated students and enjoy an enhanced first-year university experience.

Mission Statement
The Global Citizenship Cohort program will provide students with an enhanced first-year experience that is unparalleled in the province and which offers connections:

  • between a carefully chosen set of courses which relate to a Global Citizenship theme;
  • to a group of like-minded students who support each other’s ideas and efforts, academic and otherwise; and
  • to professors, mentors, job opportunities and volunteer opportunities that will complement the students’ academic experiences.

This combination will provide students with a unique and engaging undergraduate experience, and a head start in whatever career they choose to pursue.

“I participated in the GCC in the inaugural year, and one of the biggest highlights was the social aspect. I really enjoyed that I consistently saw the same people and I knew I could rely on those people,” says Jamie Lewis (pictured above), a third-year student majoring in anthropology. Jamie is considering diplomacy or international development as a career, and she signed up for the Global Citizenship Cohort because of the added credential she’ll receive. Students in the cohort will earn a certificate upon completion. Learn what makes Jamie shine.

Students in the GC Cohort will take five of their first ten courses together in their first year: two in the Fall, two in the Spring, and one that runs all year. You will take these five courses as a group, build friendships with students with similar interests, be taught and mentored by a core group of inspiring professors, develop leadership skills, and learn how you can have a positive impact on the world around you.

A Day in the Life of a Cohort student:

In the fall semester, you will take three courses alongside all of the other cohort students for your theme. One of these courses is a half course that meets once per week, giving you the chance to talk about what you are learning in your other cohort courses, and hear from guest speakers on topics related to the theme. You’ll also be able to raise concerns and ask questions, as this course will ONLY be cohort students. At the same time, you’ll be taking other courses to fulfill the requirements for your major. Students usually take 5 (3 credit) courses per semester so that you could take two full cohort courses, the half course, and two or three other courses outside of the cohort.

In the Spring semester, you’ll again be taking two full courses with your cohort, plus the half course that meets once per week. In this semester you’ll start using this half course to work on a cohort project of your choosing, something that you bring some passion to, or that you want to learn more about. Some students work individually, and some work in groups. The key is to find connections between your courses and what’s going on in the world around you. You’ll also be taking other courses for your major.

See the list of cohort courses HERE for more information.

If you already have a major in mind, the cohort will help you fulfil electives and Liberal Education requirements. If you haven’t chosen a major yet, these courses can give you a taste of the variety of disciplines available, and help you to find your pathway.

Students who complete the five courses as part of the cohort will receive a CERTIFICATE of GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP.

Additional Opportunities:

As part of the half courses that meet once per week, students from the GC Cohort will have guided access to further opportunities such as Applied Studies, Independent Studies, and Co-operative Education positions. Select students may be encouraged to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in subsequent years.

Entry into the cohort program is competitive, and space is limited.

The application deadline is June 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Apply to the University of Lethbridge today, and then apply to the GCC for a seat in this unique opportunity offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Rice, Associate Dean at or 403-329-2240.