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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: International and Global Studies

International and global studies (IGS) introduces students to the global community as they develop a greater knowledge and appreciation of the diverse linguistic, cultural, historical, economic and political systems in the world. Every student will take a foundation course, INS 100S, Introduction to International and Global Studies, and a capstone course. Students will focus on a 24 credit concentration depending on their specific interest areas, career goals or graduate study plans. Students must concentrate on a topic or region.  Each concentration will form a coherent whole. In addition to the concentration, each student will take 8 credits of electives in IGS to gain a broader understanding of global issues and perspectives.
Students are required to reach third year proficiency (20 credits) in a second language and need to complete at least one semester abroad or equivalent, normally in a country where the language of study is spoken. To facilitate this requirement, the Office of International and Exchange Programs can arrange study abroad opportunities in many countries. Students can also draw from the variety of courses with an international focus or from internship opportunities to add depth or breadth to their program.
Each student's plan of study must be approved by two advisors in IGS and by the IGS Council.

Learning Goals:
  • Students will understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, engage in a variety of ideas and methods with critical reflection. They will gain a better understanding of their own language and culture, and of the role occupied by the United States in the world.
  • Students will demonstrate third year proficiency in a language other than English.
  • Students will develop the capacity to craft effective research papers, using research sources appropriately, integrating social science methods, and using English in an effective manner.
  • Students will examine world issues in their complexity (including, language, culture, history, geography, economics and politics).
  • Students will develop strong analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills.


  • Students will demonstrate broad multidisciplinary knowledge. They will understand different social sciences fields, the importance of language, geography, social theory, and connection with culture and the arts.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of international and global issues. They will be competent and responsible global citizens, in part because of their language skills and cultural awareness gained through academic preparation and study abroad.
  • Students will understand basic social science methods, both quantitative and qualitative, and be able to identify and critique them in reading social scientific work; and use these methods in their own research.
  • Students will demonstrate basic knowledge in general education fields (covered in the required introductory courses), as well as specialized knowledge about content and methods in their concentration.


INS 100S Introduction to International and Global Studies 4
Foreign Language requirement  20
Concentration, including a capstone course 24
400 Level Capstone Course 4
IGS Electives (global or international focus at 200 level or higher)
Study Abroad (1 semester or equivalent).
Note: Credits taken abroad will be applied to the concentration, language requirement or general education as appropriate.


Total Credits for the Major: 60

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Students must select a concentration in consultation with two academic advisors, preferably by the end of the sophomore year, and proposals will be submitted to the International and Global Studies Council (IGSC) for approval. The focus can be a region, an analytical approach or a global issue, provided that enough courses are offered to create a meaningful concentration.

Examples of concentrations:

Chinese Studies
European Studies
Francophone Studies
Latin American Studies
Business and Globalization
Geography and Society
International Political Economy
The Developing World

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