Our students call LGS “an unconventional honors program.”

LGS Academics

As a global scholar, you’ll study a core global studies curriculum alongside your major and will also partially satisfy University general education requirements through specialized LGS seminars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and arts. Seminars are typically small, discussion-based courses of 15-22 students.

All students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+) to stay in good academic standing with the program. Seniors are honored and recognized at Commencement and receive a special academic notation on their official transcripts.

  • Currently, students in the program are studying across 37 different majors, including international studies, business, nursing, political science and biology, among others.

LGS Seminars

The LGS program partners with diverse faculty members and scholars across campus to offer our students a wide range of elective seminars on global topics, which have recently included:

Anthropology of Religion Introduction To Sustainability
Art and Technology: High Tech, Low Tech Islamic History
Collective Action & Social Movements Philosophy of Migration & Immigration
Food, Culture, And The Arts Philosophy of Peace and War
Gender in Modern China Politics of Developing Nations
Gender, War, and Peace Politics of the Middle East
Genocide in Comparative Perspective Sociology of Global Social Problems
Global Justice The Asia Pacific War: Regarding The Pain Of Others
Global Philosophy The Developing World: Culture, Conflict And Changes
Humankind, Culture, and Environment The Reshaping of Social Relations in the Modern World
Human Rights World Religions

LGS seminar offerings vary by semester and provide LGS students with the opportunity to partially fulfill University General Education requirements as they take courses along a globally-oriented academic track.

Course of Study

After you complete your core LGS courses during the first two years, you will have the opportunity to further tailor your course of study by selecting from a wide range of LGS seminars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and arts.

Freshman year: LGS-specific first-year seminar, orientation and writing classes.

Sophomore year: specifically designed seminars in global affairs and global problem solving to address current international challenges.

Junior and Senior years: discussion-based, writing-intensive LGS seminars to examine contemporary political, social, economic and cultural issues.

Senior year: Senior Project Seminar to discuss multidisciplinary research and conduct your own research on and off campus.

You will also select a foreign language to study, regardless of your major. Students who have prior experience with a foreign language may take a placement exam.

Recent students have demonstrated proficiency in the following languages: 

American Sign Language Greek
Mandarin Chinese Hebrew
English as a Second Language Italian
French Japanese
German Spanish


To apply, complete Adelphi’s online application and mark the box indicating Levermore Global Scholars interest.

You are encouraged to include a statement about why you would like to join this program. Include your statement with your application or email it to levermorescholars@adelphi.edu.

Am I a strong candidate?

LGS applicants can study ANY major at Adelphi, and often excel in their leadership, civic engagement, global awareness and academics. They have diverse interests, but all want to take part in shaping a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

However, our LGS Admissions Committee always evaluates academic performance, alongside a student’s overall qualities and strengths, LGS personal statement, university application essay, letters of recommendation, school achievements and other indicators of community and global involvement.

  • Although not required, most LGS students complete some college-level coursework, Advanced Placement exams, Honors classes or an International Baccalaureate curriculum in high school.
  • Many also have been involved in Model UN, Red Cross Club, Global Kids, Key Club, Interact Club, gifted and talented education (GATE) programs, foreign language honor societies, cultural clubs, traveling or studying abroad or student government, among various other community and global activities.

*Based on five-year average: 2014-2018.

Less than 5%* * Based on five-year average: 2014-2018.
of Adelphi’s first-year students are named LGS students, and incoming students in our program often enter with an average 3.76 GPA* in high school.
Based on five-year average: 2014-2018.

LGS Summer Pre-College Program

Already accepted into the Levermore Global Scholars Program? Adelphi’s Pre-College summer programs for incoming students allow you to earn university credit and immerse yourself in a one-week, global experience in the New York City area.

Levermore Global Scholars FAQ

We’ve provided answers below to the questions we have been most frequently asked by prospective Levermore Global Scholars students.

Adelphi’s Levermore Global Scholars Program is not a major or minor. You can work toward any Adelphi major or minor while participating in the program. LGS accepts students from all disciplines. You take Levermore Global Scholars courses that prepare you to be a global citizen in whichever field you choose. These courses often also fulfill credits you would have needed to satisfy general education requirements. Your undergraduate transcript will designate you as a Levermore Global Scholar and you will also receive a special Levermore Global Scholars sash during graduation.

  • Very few. As a Levermore Global Scholar, you will take a normal course load and work towards any Adelphi major or minor. You will take some of your general education requirements in special “Levermore Seminars,” designed to explore the connection between academic learning and civic engagement and between political, social, economic and cultural issues and their global dimension and impact. (General Education requirements are a selection of topics that must be studied by every major.) These Levermore Seminars with fewer than 20 students in each class are discussion and writing intensive.
  • All LGS students are required to reach a level IV in any foreign language. Some students complete this requirement in high school, while others take language courses at Adelphi. You will be encouraged to enhance your learning by engaging in internships both at home and abroad.
  • The Levermore Global Scholars program is unique in its form and design. It combines the best academic, integrationist, traineeship and international practices of the honors college, service-learning programs, learning communities and international studies programs into one comprehensive global study and experiential learning program.
  • LGS is a leadership program, not a specific major, so you can explore any field while you are also preparing to be a global leader. Like the honors program, LGS determines the courses you will take for your general education requirements. As in a learning community, you gain a community identity by taking some courses with other Levermore Global Scholars and doing various community activities together. Just as in a service-learning program, you do hands-on work in organizations through internships. Similar to an international studies program, you will learn about global issues and international affairs. LGS provides aspects of all these different types of programs, linking them with practical experience through various internships and study abroad. LGS puts all these programmatic elements together in a unique manner to develop global leadership while you pursue any chosen field of study.
  • Students in the Levermore Global Scholars program are very interested in serving their communities, both local and global. Current issues debates in and outside of classes and meetings help make LGS students aware of today’s social, economic, political and cultural issues that have a global dimension.

Levermore seminars explore not just the main subject material but also related to global issues. For example, the Science Seminar will focus on scientific issues affecting today’s politics. You will learn enough about the science behind global warming, AIDS, or bio-fuel to understand the global debates. LGS keeps the class size small with no more than 20 students and teaches primarily through discussions and writing rather than lectures and tests.

No, LGS only admits high school graduates and college freshmen, and in exceptional cases sophomores.

Yes, LGS can be particularly interesting for international students who would like to gain professional and leadership skills by undertaking internships in various non-for-profit, public and international organizations and participating in study abroad.

Levermore Global Scholars graduate understanding the nature of specific local and global problems. They also understand how these problems emerged and why they are not easily solved. They have practical hands-on work experience on their resume. They have some feeling for which corporate culture would best suit them. They can speak at least two languages and appreciate cultural differences. They have professional networking contacts both at home and abroad. Levermore Global Scholars graduate with professional leadership skills and global knowledge and they are recognized as Levermore Global Scholars upon graduating.

High School graduates and college freshmen who want to change the world for the better. LGS students share the following attributes:

  • seek diversity and want to explore other cultures
  • enjoy outside-the-classroom projects
  • can effectively learn through discussion and writing
  • want to give to their community
  • often assume leadership roles in student government or social, political and cultural clubs
  • enjoy learning by doing, and would like to intern
  • have a desire to travel, live, work and study abroad
  • want to speak at least two languages
  • are intrigued by international events
  • want to study subjects that have global significance and impact

LGS admits up to 40 students in each class; 160 students in all years. The program is open to Adelphi freshmen from all schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Willumstad School of Business, the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, the School of Social Work and the College of Nursing and Public Health. Levermore Global Scholars pursue an array of majors, including political science, management, economics, history, English, psychology, dance, communications, social work, nursing and education. You can take advantage of LGS regardless of your major.

No, the Levermore Global Scholars Program is much more than a student club, it is a program of distinction. It affects the courses you will take and gives you extra-curricular activity opportunities. It is a learning community in which you take some classes with the same small set of students throughout your undergraduate years. You will also share a similar experience of internships and perhaps studying abroad.

While you can join the second semester if space is available, you would miss the opportunity to firmly and quickly bond with the other Levermore Global Scholars. In your first semester as a Levermore Global Scholar, you take an orientation class, the Art and Craft of Writing course and a Levermore First-Year Seminar together with the same set of students. This helps you get to know many other Levermore Global Scholars with similar interests.

Charles Levermore, PhD, the first president of Adelphi College (1896-1912) was active in many world peace organizations. He even won a contest to have his peace plan submitted to congress. His idea was a compromise plan to have the United States join the League of Nations under a special status. Dr. Levermore promoted communication among different nations and cultures and believed that international study was important for all scholars. The Levermore Global Scholars program implements Dr. Levermore’s vision of educated students promoting cultural understanding both locally and globally.

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