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Teach in the new first-year Civic, Liberal, and Global Education requirement!

In autumn 2021, Stanford launched a new first-year requirement, the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education requirement, or “COLLEGE.” The COLLEGE requirement emphasizes a first-year experience that engages all of our increasingly diverse students in a purposeful study of liberal education and encourages the exploration of academic opportunities they can encounter at Stanford. It seeks to provide a shared basis on which all students may build their Stanford education, strengthening the common understanding of university values and community across the undergraduate population. Finally, the new COLLEGE requirement underscores Stanford’s commitment to educate students for responsible citizenship in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

We invite interested faculty to offer courses as a part of the new requirement. There are two main ways to participate:

Option 1: New Course Proposal

A team of faculty can offer a new course (either a cluster of seminars or lecture with discussion) on the themes of liberal education, civic engagement or global engagement

New course proposal guidelines (1-2 pages):

  1. Name of the teaching faculty (cross-disciplinary partnerships are encouraged)
  2. Indicate whether this will be a cluster of seminars or a lecture course
  3. Course title and description that addresses how the course meets the COLLEGE requirement learning goals (described below)
  4. Annotated list of texts/topics (not a full syllabus) that is aimed at first-year students and reflects an inclusive course design.
  5. Description of at least two assignments and how they will be assessed

Want more help with a new course proposal? Access resources and consultations from the Center for Teaching and Learning.  

Option 2: Join an Existing Faculty Team

You can join one of our existing faculty teams and teach a seminar in one of the following courses designed for COLLEGE:

Why teach in COLLEGE?

In addition to the exciting opportunity to engage with first-year students, teaching in COLLEGE offers:

  • Pedagogic development and support with our partners in CTL
  • Collaboration with postdoctoral teaching fellows

In Summer 2021, there was a summer quarter course incubator opportunity. This allowed faculty to develop innovative curricular and pedagogical ideas for their first-year requirement courses (focused on Civic, Liberal, and Global Perspectives). It provided these faculty teams with the space, time, and the support of university resources (including a stipend) to work collaboratively on their courses.

Learning Goals for the Civic, Liberal and Global Education requirement

COLLEGE courses on Liberal Education should:

  • Equip students to reflect critically about their educational goals and to explore academic opportunities.

COLLEGE courses on Citizenship should:

  • Introduce students to different ethical theories, and equip them with the concepts and methods necessary for working through ethical quandaries;
  • Provide students with a historically grounded sense of where democracy comes from, the trade-offs it involves, and the main dangers confronting it;

COLLEGE courses on Global Perspectives should:

  • Develop the critical and ethical thinking skills and knowledge base for responsible local, national, and global citizenship.
  • Develop in students an awareness of cultural diversity, as well as cultural self-awareness, and the ability to recognize connections between cultural, economic, and social practices across countries
  • Provide students with a set of methods for conducting comparative or systemic studies of global phenomena.

Next Steps

Interested faculty should contact Jay Hamilton,, Professor of Communication, and Chair of the first-year governance board; Dan Edelstein, Professor of French, and Faculty Director of Stanford Introductory Studies,; or Parna Sengupta, Director of Stanford Introductory Studies,