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International and Global Studies Program

College of Arts & Sciences

336/334-3657 or 336/334-5557

Committee Members

Roberto Campo, Director, International and Global Studies Program

Kathleen Ahern, Department of German & Russian

Jamie Anderson, Department of History

Susan Andreatta, Department of Anthropology

Fabrice Lehoucq, Department of Political Science

Sam Miller, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education

Sharon Morrison, Department of Public Health Education

Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center

Stephen Sills, Department of Sociology

Susan Walcott, Department of Geography

Mission Statement

The central mission of the International and Global Studies Program (IGS) is to provide a structured context in which to study international and global topics and problems that link and transcend traditional disciplinary parameters. In the framework of one of four interdisciplinary concentrations, students cultivate a range of skills of particular value in professional and personal endeavors where an understanding of other societies and cultures, global processes, and foreign languages at an advanced (300) level of proficiency is important. IGS students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities as well as to take part in extracurricular activities with an international or global focus as complementary means to enhance their appreciation of other peoples and lands and to enrich their overall undergraduate experience.


Four concentration areas afford intellectual and curricular definition to each student's course of study. Majors, second majors, and minors should select the concentration (and subconcentration in the case of Regional Studies) that best complements their interests.

  1. International and Global Affairs and Development (major concentration or minor):
    A study of the political, sociological, economic, environmental, and health-related issues and the interdependence among peoples, governments, and nations of the world.
  2. International and Global Arts and Belief Systems (major concentration or minor):
    A study of the arts, literatures, philosophies, and belief systems unique to and interconnecting other nations and peoples of the world.
  3. International and Global Human Rights (major concentration and minor):
    A study of the foundations of freedom, justice, and peace as they relate to the protection of the dignity and rights of human beings around the world.
  4. Regional Studies: Study of the languages, peoples, and nations of five specific regions.
    1. Russian Studies (major concentration or minor)
    2. European Studies (major concentration or minor)
    3. Latin American and Caribbean Studies (major concentration or minor)
    4. Asian Studies (major concentration or minor)
    5. African Studies (minor)

In all concentrations, the course of study includes completion of six (6) s.h. of a modern foreign language (Russian in the case of Russian Studies; Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese in the case of European Studies; Spanish, French, or Portuguese in the case of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Chinese or Japanese in the case of Asian Studies. Other languages subject to permission of the Director) at the 300 level or above, the two core seminars (IGS 200 or 201 and IGS 400), and eighteen (18) s.h. of additional courses selected according to the student’s concentration and special interests in consultation with the Director of the Program. Students whose particular interests are not satisfactorily addressed by the areas of concentration listed above may design a coherent plan in a different area in consultation with the Director of the International and Global Studies Program.