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Razor's Edge Global Scholars Program

The Razor’s Edge Global Program scholarship is designed for domestic and international students entering college as first time freshmen who have a strong interest in global issues, international relations, global leadership, and cross-cultural understanding.  Participants in this innovative scholarship program must have a deep desire to continuously improve their global awareness and leadership skills by sharing their experiences with the NSU community; and demonstrating an understanding of what it is to be part of an ever evolving global society in turn. Upon completion of this 4-year program, Razor’s Edge-Global participants receive a Minor in Global Engagement.


The Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program empowers exceptional undergraduate students to cultivate their talents and passions as they champion campus internationalization, serve as change agents in their diverse communities, and engage others in global citizenship.


Through participation in Razor’s Edge Global, Scholars will develop and demonstrate a commitment to continual growth in the following areas:

  • Global Engagement
  • Citizen Diplomacy
  • Servant Leadership
  • Access & Equity
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Professionalism & Career Readiness

The Razor’s Edge Global Engagement Minor is a curricular and co-curricular minor that is designed to provide learning experiences inside and outside the classroom through involvement in global leadership and engagement activities on campus and at a local, state, national, and international levels. The requirements for the minor in Global Engagement are only available to students admitted to the Razor’s Edge Global Scholars program offered by the Office of International Affairs. To complete the requirements for this minor, students must complete 10 credits from the required course core and 6 credits from the elective courses.

Mandatory Core Courses (10 credits)

  • COMM 2300 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
  • INST 1500 Global Issues (3 credits)
  • RAZG 1500 Global Leadership (1 credit)
  • RAZG 1501 Global Engagement (1 credits)
  • RAZG 1502 Multicultural and Diversity Issues (1 credit)
  • RAZG 1503 Global Engagement Portfolio (1 credit)

Elective Courses (6 credits from the following courses)

  • HIST 3400 U.S. Foreign Relations (3 credits)
  • HUMM 1200 Introduction to World Religions (3 credits)
  • LITR 2031 World Literature II (3 credits)
  • POLS 2300 International Relations (3 credits)
    *language must be approved by program director


Year one of the Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program includes an emphasis on welcoming scholars to the NSU and Razor’s Edge Global communities.  Scholars participate in cohort and program based networking and mentorship. They have an opportunity to engage as student leaders in a self-designed Community Impact Project (CIP).


  • RAZG1500 – Global Leadership
  • INST1500 – Global Issues


Experiential Learning: Community Impact

As global citizens and leaders, Razor’s Edge Global scholars create Community Impact Projects (CIPs).  Students propose, organize, execute, and reflect upon projects that impact individuals in the NSU and/or local community. Projects may be one-time events, event series, sustainable policies, or other initiatives.  


Year two of the Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program emphasizes developing an internal and external readiness for global engagement.  REG scholars explore the foundations of global engagement through program planning, philanthropy, and service.


  • RAZG1502 – Multiculturalism & Diversity Issues
  • COMM2300 – Intercultural Communication

 Experiential Learning: Service & Philanthropy

Recognizing that service and philanthropy are often critical to sustainable global engagement, REG Scholars will be responsible for designing and executing fundraising projects which result in two international engagement scholarships for NSU students.  Read more about these scholarships at

Through fundraising, students will explore the contributions of international students at NSU and understand the value and career benefits of engaging in international experiences such as study abroad and international internships.


Year three of the Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program is the experiential application of the curricular and co-curricular preparation completed within the first two years.  Students utilize knowledge in global leadership, multicultural competency, global awareness and intercultural communication to complete a Global Engagement Project. 


  • RAZG1501 – Global Engagement
  • RAZG1503 – Global Engagement Portfolio (with optional Travel Study component)

Experiential Learning: Global Engagement

The Global Engagement Project (GEP) is a culmination of work spanning the first three years of the program.  Students have the opportunity to design and execute their own project or participate in the embedded Travel Study component within the Global Engagement Portfolio course, which includes various levels of global engagement:

  • Cultural activities - REG Scholars will gain a deeper understanding of the destination by learning about the history, visiting important cultural sites, and taking part in cross-cultural exchanges
  • Local service project - REG Scholars will complete a service project benefiting individuals from the local community

NSU recruitment - REG Scholars will promote the NSU experience by engaging in at least one international recruitment opportunity, such as presenting at a local high school, hosting an information session at an EducationUSA office, etc.


Year four of the Razor’s Edge Global Scholars Program focuses on mentorship and inspiring and developing global leadership in others. 


  • Pre-Approved Elective Credit

By year four all RAZG specific coursework will have been completed.  Students in the four-year track will focus on completing any of the pre-approved elective coursework remaining to earn the required 16 credits. 

Experiential Learning: Global Leadership & Mentorship

Each fourth year REG Scholar will be assigned as a mentor to one or more REG Scholar(s) in the first, second and/or third year.  Mentorship responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting first year REG Scholars with their Community Impact Projects
  • Assisting second year REG Scholars with their fundraising goals
  • Assisting third year with their Global Engagement Impact Projects
  • Serving as chairs within the REG committees
  • Earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in each undergraduate level course used to satisfy the minor.
  • Any failing grade or any type of withdrawal after the Drop/Add period from your R.E. Minor may result in programmatic probation. Continued failing grades and/or course withdrawals or drops may lead to program dismissal.
  • Any D grade on a required Minor course will need to be repeated, and only one D grade will be permitted in the course of the program.
  • All credit hours in the global engagement minor must be approved by the Razor’s Edge Global Administration.
  • No credit by exam (TSD, Military, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, etc.) may be used.
  • Internship, Co-Op, or Independent Study credit cannot be used toward the Global Engagement Minor
  • Participants must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Participants cannot drop below a full-time academic status until the last semester of their senior year (minimum of 12 credit hours).
  • Participants must meet all co-curricular requirements.
  • Participants must be in good conduct standing with NSU at all times.
  • The global engagement minor will be awarded only at the time of NSU degree completion.
  • Studying abroad is encouraged, but not required.
  • Please note that requirements and classes are subject to change based upon availability, university conditions, programmatic need, etc.

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