International Studies

Learning Goals

Flags of the world with U.S. Flag in centerThe International Studies major includes courses that provide students with the tools that will help them to live ethical, meaningful, and productive lives in the global society of the 21st century. Many modern economic, political, and environmental problems transcend national boundaries and demand global solutions. Students should understand the interconnectedness of peoples and cultures and understand their world view in relation to the world view of others. Such understanding is likely to result only after careful examination of multiple facets of other cultures and the global society, including art and literature, globalization, and the environment, and/or after a detail study of specific regions, such as Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or Latin America.

Student Learning Outcomes

In keeping with our mission statement, the student learning outcomes for International Studies are:

  • The student demonstrates foundational and specific knowledge of global issues, processes, trends, and policies;
  • The student demonstrates the skills and confidence necessary to make critical, informed evaluations and judgments about global issues, processes, trends, and policies;
  • The student applies an interdisciplinary methodology to provide new insight into a global issue, process, trend, or policy;
  • The student presents a clear and concise account of a global issue, process, trend, or policy;
  • The student demonstrates basic proficiency in a language in addition to English;
  • The student describes the intellectual and ethical responsibilities of active global citizenship; and
  • The student uses diverse cultural frames of reference to accept cultural differences and tolerate cultural ambiguity.

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. - Socrates