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International Studies Goals and Objectives

Goals

The International Studies major is a combination of interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the interrelationships among people as they function in different cultural, economic, and political settings. The primary goal of the major is to train students as leaders who will be cognizant of and sensitive to the requirements of changing realities in the international community.

It focuses on cultural predispositions, historical underpinnings, systems of governance, and diversity of interests in the global arena. The courses span a number of disciplinary boundaries including political science, economics, history, and geography. The major is designed to offer students an opportunity to understand the diverse cultures of the world as well as to prepare them for an international career. The major includes a Study Abroad experience, which will increase language competency as well as improve cultural understanding and expose students to a different geographic setting.

Students will be offered an opportunity for an indepth examination of the issues and problems associated with increasing world interdependence through coursework and presentations. Students will be introduced to work of an interdisciplinary or transnational nature through internships and other hands-on experiences with international organizations and agencies with an international focus. The major is designed to be both intense and rigorous. It will provide a core of knowledge to prepare students for graduate and professional schools or the job market. In addition, it will increase opportunities for student research on international topics and enable students to achieve a better understanding of themselves and their roles within their own culture.

Objectives

Upon completion of the International Studies major, a student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of a set of cultural values and beliefs other than her own;
  2. discuss the impact of modernity and technology on tradition and demographic change in lesser developed countries;
  3. apply the knowledge base from many disciplines to the study of the international community;
  4. demonstrate exemplary writing skills as well as skill sets necessary for intercultural communication;
  5. integrate the study of foreign language with discipline-based content; and
  6. demonstrate an awareness of international career and study opportunities in government, business, education, and in organizations servicing international concerns.