Become a global citizen

Get a global perspective

What is global citizenship?

What is global citizenship? As defined by Oxfam, a global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. Taking an active role in their communities, global citizens work with others to make our planet more equal, fair and sustainable.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say.

FASS instructor, Melek Ortabasi

World Languages and Literatures professor Melek Ortabasi says that a sure way of becoming a global citizen is by studying a foreign language and literatures from around the world - this can give you superpowers. 

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FASS graduate, Victoria Chua

With family in Malaysia and Canada, FASS student Victoria Chua took the opportunity to  complete her French studies in France. When COVID-19 began, she had to adjust quickly.

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Director of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies, Dimitris Krallis

Dimitris Krallis made global impact when he met with the Prime Minister of Greece. Their topic? Educational apps designed by an SFU-led international team of experts to teach the Modern Greek language.

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FASS master's student, Victor Guerin

For Victor Guerin, being a global citizen means revitalizing the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and pressing for Indigenous rights. A recent master’s graduate in Linguistics for a First Nations Language, he has now entered his PhD at SFU.

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FASS alumnus, Elisha Cooper

Elisha grew up surrounded by diverse cultures through the international students hosted in her home. As a Linguistics and Political Science graduate, she now works on human-centred data from a social sciences perspective.

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FASS student, Isabella Wang

“Being the only child of two immigrant parents, I was under pressure to pursue sciences, criminology, medicine,” Wang says. Yet as a double major in English and World Literature, she's finding success as a writer.

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How will you become a global citizen?

Learn to be a global citizen at FASS! With 23 departments, schools, and programs to choose from, you aren't confined to one area of study. Explore the subjects below to see what global citizenship means in different contexts.




World Languages and Literatures

What courses can you take?

Within our many departments, schools, and programs, there is an exciting array of courses for you. Learn about global citizenship from a variety of perspectives in the following courses (These are only a few of the 1,200 courses available to you once you are accepted as a student at SFU):

  • Economics 102: The World Economy
  • English 115: Literature and Culture
  • History 265: Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present
  • Humanities 130: Introduction to Religious Studies
  • International Studies 101: Global Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Labour Studies 201: Workers in the Global Economy
  • Language courses: Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish
  • Linguistics 160: Culture, Language and Society
  • World Literature 100: What is World Literature?

What will you do with your degree?

You've asked questions. You've discovered deeper questions to explore. You've studied them and earned your degree. Now what will you do? Our students have been successful in careers including, but not limited to:

  • Archivist / Historian
  • Communications
  • Cultural Affairs
  • Diplomat
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights / Humanitarian Aid
  • Immigration Officer
  • Interpreter / Translator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Social Policy
  • Sociolinguist
  • Teacher
  • Writer & Editor

Continue to explore your questions

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