Global Studies Concentration in Intercultural Studies
A global studies major enables you to fully participate in the emerging global community. Prepare yourself to collaborate, and compete, with colleagues from around the globe, or work toward social responsibility on a global scale.
Our intercultural studies concentration enables you to tailor your studies to your area of interest and future professional goals. Choose from courses covering the politics of multiculturalism, intercultural communication, and global women’s leadership.
The global studies program blends valuable classroom instruction from faculty who bring extensive real-world experience with an abundance of opportunities to apply what you learn in real, meaningful ways. They share a commitment to helping you develop the skills to interpret and analyze systems of oppression and ultimately, to work toward a more just society.
The program curriculum covers the basics of global studies, plus aspects of intercultural studies, including studies of literature, politics, and history, and stereotyping, gender, and multiculturalism. The senior comprehensive is a research project grounded in a topic related to your area of concentration. You'll get graduate level experience as you develop and present your proposal, including hypothesis, design, and proposed methodologies.
You'll demonstrate competence in at least one world language and spend at least five weeks in a college-sponsored study abroad program. All students in the global studies major will submit an e-portfolio at the end of the senior seminar. Some of the items in the portfolio include: language proficiency score, reflection paper regarding study abroad experience, resume, and research proposal.
A portfolio of three essays will complete your advanced writing proficiency. At least one essay must come from one of the global studies courses and at least one must come from intercultural studies class, demonstrating your ability to write in a focused and specific manner.
You will lay the foundation for careers in a wide range of globally oriented fields. These include opportunities with both public and private sector organizations as well as the vast and growing world of non-profit agencies, institutions and foundations, research centers, public interest groups, and non-governmental development agencies.