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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: International and Global Studies

About the Program:

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. Each student will take a foundational course, INS 100S or INS 101H: Introduction to International and Global Studies, and a senior seminar/capstone course, INS 400.

The core of the major will be an individualized program, including 24-credits of IGS and IGS cross-listed courses and 20-credits of world language study, a combination of which may be taken at UMF or during a required international educational experience. In collaboration with their IGS advisors, students will develop an interdisciplinary concentration that reflects their specific interest areas, career goals and/or plans for graduate study while permitting them to gain a broader understanding of international perspectives and global issues.

Learning Goals, Assessments, and Requirements



INS 100S Introduction to International and Global Studies (Social Science)


INS 101H Introduction to International and Global Studies (Humanities)  

World Language courses


IGS and IGS Cross-Listed Courses


INS 400: Senior Seminar/Capstone


Study Abroad/International Experience


Notes on Program Requirements:

While students are encouraged to take 20 credits of one world language, they can take 12 credits of one world language and 8 credits of another world language.

If students take more than 20 credits of language courses, additional language courses can count towards the required 24 hours of IGS and IGS-cross listed courses. 

The 24-credits of IGS courses must: 1) be taken in IGS or IGS cross-listed courses that have been approved by the IGS Council, 2) include courses from at least three disciplines, and 3) include at least four courses above the 100 level. For IGS requirements, students must earn at least a C- in a course to receive credit toward the major.

Students are encouraged to study abroad for one semester or more. However, students who are unable to complete a semester or more abroad may meet the requirement through taking 8 credits or more in an international experience (i.e., travel courses, international internships or field schools). 

Credits taken abroad can be applied to the IGS major, general education requirements or electives.

Students can fulfill their senior seminar capstone requirement by taking any one of the following senior research courses including: ANT 480: Senior Seminar/Capstone in Anthropology, ENG 491: Capstone Seminar in English, EPP 450: Research in Environmental Policy and Planning, GEO 450: Research in Geography, HON 199: Honors Thesis, INS 400: Senior Seminar/Capstone, and POS 440: Political Science Capstone Experience.

Total Credits for the Major: 52


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



To help students select courses, they identify a concentration within IGS in consultation with two academic advisors, preferably by the end of their sophomore year. The focus can be on a region or a global issue provided that enough courses are offered to create a meaningful concentration.

Examples of Regional and Topical Concentrations:

           - Asian Studies

- European Studies

- Francophone Studies

- Global Health and Public Policy

- International Development

- Latin American Studies

- International Business and Globalization

- Peace and Conflict Resolution

- World Literature

- World Geography and Society

- International Environmental Studies and Sustainability

           - International Political Economy



The following is a list of courses that have been approved by the IGS Council as IGS-cross listed courses. All courses listed below count towards the required 24 credits of IGS-cross listed courses. Additional courses may count as IGS-cross listed courses, particularly topics courses offered in various disciplines (e.g. courses with numbers 177, 277, or 377). For questions regarding IGS-cross listed courses contact the Director of International and Global Studies.


     ANT 101S: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

     ANT 210S: Latin America: Cultures and Contexts

     ANT 225S: Andean Explorations (Travel Course to Peru)

     ANT 230S: Linguistic Anthropology

     ANT 235S: Culture of Capitalism

     ANT 240S: Cultural Ecology

     ANT 260S: Violence, Warfare and Culture

     ANT 265S: Climate Change and Society

     ANT 275S: Gender, Sexuality and Society

     ANT 300: Food and Culture

     ANT 365: Medical Anthropology


     BUS 277S: Topic - Ecotourism in Greece (Travel Course)

     BUS 277S: Topic - Cyprus: Ecotourism and Environmental Accountability (Travel Course)

     BUS 335: International Business

     BUS 336: International Management

     BUS 337: International Marketing


     CHI 101H: Beginning Chinese I

     CHI 102H: Beginning Chinese II

     CHI 201H: Intermediate Chinese

     CHI 115H: Chinese Culture


     ECO 260S: Global Majority

     ECO 305: International Economics


      ECH 477: Topic - Reggio Emilia Study Tour (Travel Course to Italy – 4 credit undergraduate)


     ENG 224: Teaching English as a Second Language

     ENG 292H: Human Rights Literature and Film: Global Perspectives (On-line Course)

     ENG 296H: Postcolonial Literature


     HON 175S: World Affairs Camden Conference

     HON 340: Children and Political Violence


     FRE 101H: Beginning French I

     FRE 102H: Beginning French II

     FRE 201H: Intermediate French

     FRE 206H: Oral Communications and Culture

     FRE 277: Topics in French

     FRE 300: Advance French for Communication

     FRE 301: French Film (in French)

     FRE 302: People and Cultures of the Francophone World

     FRE 303: People and Cultures of France

     FRE 377: Topics in French


     GEO 103S: Peoples and Environments

     GEO 104S: Global Transformations

     GEO 212S: Latin America: Peoples and Environments

     GEO 214S: Asia: Peoples and Environments

     GEO 310: Sustainable Development

     GEO 320: Environment, Economy, Society

     GEO 334: Political Ecology


     HEA 125: Health and Wellness around the Globe


     HTY 110S: Global History I

     HTY 111S: Global History II

     HTY 204S: Introduction to Caribbean History

     HTY 209S: Slavery in the Americas

     HTY 212S: Renaissance and Reformation

     HTY 213S: Medieval Europe

     HTY 220S: Women and Gender in Premodern Europe

     HTY 224S: Cultural History of Spain (Travel Course)

     HTY 247S: History of Canada

     HTY 253S: Muslim World to 1600

     HTY 260S: Modern Latin America

     HTY 261S: History of Mexico

     HTY 262S: Undeclared Wars

     HTY 274S: Mediterranean World 1200-1700

     HTY 310: The Revolutionary Atlantic 1750-1815

     HTY 353: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


International and Global Studies

    INS 280: Explorations Abroad (Numerous Travel Courses are cross-listed as INS 280)

    INS 277: Topics in International and Global Studies

    INS 377: Topics in International and Global Studies

    INS 397: Independent Study in International and Global Studies


     JPN 101H: Elementary Japanese

     JPN 102H: Elementary Japanese II

     JPN 201H: Intermediate Japanese

     JPN 115H: Japanese Culture

Political Science

     POS 121S: Comparative Politics

     POS 136S: World Politics

     POS 204S: American Foreign Policy

     POS 223S: Russian and East European Politics

     POS 224S: Chinese Politics

     POS 226S: Islam and Politics

     POS 227S: African Politics

     POS 233S: War and Peace

     POS 262S: Italian Political History (Travel Course)

     POS 264S: German Political History (Travel Course)

     POS 266S: The Politics of Germany and Italy

     POS 267S: The Politics of France and Great Britain

     POS 277S: Topic - Cyprus: Ecotourism and Environmental Accountability (Travel Course)

     POS 277S: Topic - Ecotourism in Greece (Travel Course)

     POS 277S: Topic - Tanzania (Travel Course)

     POS 322S: European Union

     POS 336S: Globalization and Governance

     POS 352S: Contemporary Political Theory


     REL 100H: Introduction to the Study of Religions

     REL 110H: Introduction to World Religions


     SPA 101H: Elementary Spanish I

     SPA 102H: Elementary Spanish II

     SPA 201H: Intermediate Spanish

     SPA 202H: Readings and Composition

     SPA 206H: Oral Communication and Culture

     SPA 277: Topics in Spanish

     SPA 300: Advanced Spanish for Communication

     SPA 301: Hispanic Film

     SPA 302: People and Cultures of Latin America

     SPA 303: People and Cultures of Spain

     SPA 377: Topics in Spanish

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Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

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 competency in at least one language other than English.
  • Students will develop the capacity to craft effective research papers, using research sources appropriately, integrating multiple disciplinary methods, and using English in an effective manner.
  • Students will examine global 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 and an understanding of international and global issues.  
  • Students will demonstrate competency in a second language and cultural awareness gained through academic preparation and study abroad.
  • Students will understand multiple disciplinary methods, be able to identify and critique them; 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.





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