International and Global Studies (IGS)

About the International and Global Studies
(IGS) Department

The International and Global Studies (IGS) department offers a rigorous curriculum that provides students with a broad survey of the most important dynamics of global issues and concerns. Courses are organized into five thematic major and minor programs but with common experiences that foster the creation of learning and a collaborative community that applies an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. The programs are:

• Major and Minor in Global Development Studies (GDS)

• Major and Minor in Global Health Studies (GHS)

• Major and Minor In International Affairs (IAF)

• Minor in Asian Studies

• Minor in Anthropology

All programs combine academic and practical experiences to produce capable and engaged graduates. The common goals of these distinctly interdisciplinary and integrative curricula are: 1) To prepare students to work for the different types of international organizations involved in global issues, such as corporations, non-profits and government agencies; 2) To prepare and encourage students to apply to, and gain admission into, some of the most selective graduate study programs; 3) To encourage students to take a more active and engaged approach in understanding the implications of international events and conditions; 4) To encourage students to develop original and creative initiatives that are intended to raise the standard of living both at home and abroad; 5) To expose students to the growing complexities of global relations and the processes that guide them.

Experiential Learning:

Experiential learning is a pedagogical emphasis of all the programs. IGS students fulfill experiential learning requirements through an exciting combination of offerings that include internships, study/travel abroad, and field research. Experiential learning in the form of study abroad or internships fosters cultural sensitivity and appreciation for global diversity.

Research and Innovation:

IGS students work together on complex issues that demand a comprehensive approach that considers the varied dimensions of global, domestic and intermestic challenges. Projects will require extensive research and must be original to the discipline. These projects are administered by the faculty and can generate a range of products, from the traditional research thesis that can be presented at professional academic conferences, to practical and creative initiatives intended to deal with a specific set of challenges. The combination of internships, study abroad, service and engaged learning, critical evaluation and applied work will equip IGS students with the knowledge and skills required to become caring, and committed leaders in a globally interconnected society.

Departmental Honors

The Department of International and Global Studies encourages its students to deepen their knowledge of the field through its departmental honors program. Eligible students will have the opportunity to explore various topics and problems in international studies that are of particular interest to them, to work more closely with departmental faculty, and to develop skills in research and thesis preparation.

Requirements for the program are as follows:

1. a student must be a declared major in ENV, GHS and/or IAF;

2. a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3;

3. a cumulative major grade point average of at least 3.5;

4. a thesis that is approved by a faculty member of the department, with a grade of at least B. This is achieved by enrolling in IGS 402. The thesis is expected to be an extended, original, coherent work of scholarship on an issue of relevance in the field of international studies