Global Citizenship

SMC Field Studies Program


Call for Faculty Proposals for the SMC Field Studies Program
Spring Break 


Proposals Accepted Year-Round

Santa Monica College is seeking proposals from faculty teams to co-lead our Field Studies Programs. Collaborate with a fellow faculty member to create your own Field Studies Program. Each program will offer one academic credit and meet the course outline of record for the course included in the program. The Field Studies programs will take place over the SMC Spring Break. The proposed field studies courses are elective units, with an appeal to a broad spectrum of students. A great advantage of such an offering is for participants to develop research skills in the field which may distinguish them from other students/candidates when transferring and applying for other competitive opportunities.

Each spring the college will support up to two proposals for the SMC Field Studies programs that draw upon the faculty members' expertise and offer students a rewarding experience. Particular attention will be paid to proposals with emphasis on the Global Citizenship Theme. In developing proposals, keep in mind the following guidelines:

Field Study programs are an important part of the college's efforts to encourage students to become global citizens. These programs are also important for professional development, to encourage faculty to remain current with their disciplines and to become more aware of different cultures throughout the world.

Faculty members are encouraged to identify field studies opportunities that are particularly suited to be offered in a domestic or foreign setting. Full-time and/or part-time faculty members are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a minimum of one academic year of SMC teaching experience to be eligible. It is strongly encouraged that faculty members have prior experience leading student groups within the U.S. and/or abroad. Please find a description of the course below:

Global Studies 35 (1 unit)

This course supports a diverse range of academic offerings that combine field-based learning and/or research in the context of global citizenship. This course explores the human, scientific, theoretical and/or ecological dimensions of our world. Set in a variety of international and domestic locations, each field study offering will focus on a discipline-specific aspect of the location to expand student understanding of both the discipline and the location.

For more information on the course, including a sample course outline for a discipline, please visit:

The program is structured around these principles:

  • Intensity of Experience – Instead of going on a bus tour that skims the surface of many places, students gain a deep understanding of the environment, people, and culture of one area or region.
  • Affordability – To encourage broad participation, the costs will be kept as low as possible.
  • Safety – The program will be structured to minimize risk.
  • Unifying Theme – To provide students with a sense of the program's purpose and over-arching questions.

Proposals are accepted year-round:

Due to the COVID pandemic, the GC Committee is not accepting field studies proposals at this time.

You may submit your proposal at any time. But the selection process will occur once each year. Proposals are selected approximately one year prior to date of trip. This allows one year to develop the program and advertise to students. 

Field Studies Overview and Application


Please submit proposals to: