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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

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 are met.

  • 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.

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