Goals for Student Learning
Global & Area Studies identifies specific learning
goals for all undergraduate majors in the program. These are accomplished by a
pair of first-year courses, a range of core (foundation and international
systems) courses, a thematic or area studies concentration, elective courses,
and the acquisition of a second language. All students take a capstone course
their senior year that integrates disciplinary approaches and knowledge. We
regularly assess student learning in our program to ensure that learning goals
- Goal 1. Students graduating with a BA in International Studies will be able
to recognize and appreciate the historical, political, social, cultural, and
economic dimensions of international processes and issues, integrating these
into an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Goal 2. Students graduating with a BA in International Studies will have the
capability to critically read, write about, discuss, and engage in scholarly
inquiry related to international processes and issues.
- Goal 3 . Students graduating with a BA in International Studies will have a
minimal level of fluency in a second language and are expected to experience a
foreign locale in which to use the second language skills.
- Goal 4. Students will be made aware of career and post-graduate
opportunities suitable for an international studies major.