The Global Studies minor fosters the development of intercultural awareness and competence, which are essential for life and work in a globally competitive marketplace. In this trans-disciplinary program, students gain knowledge of emerging global processes and trends, with a view toward preparing them to work effectively across global, international, national, and regional contexts. More specifically, the Global Studies minor emphasizes skills and competencies that serve to empower traditionally disenfranchised groups, such as women and those in the LGBTQ community, as well as religious and ethnic minorities, across socioeconomic classes. In addition to the courses drawing attention to the growing interdependence and interconnectedness of nations, cultures, and peoples, the Global Studies minor requires students to apply their knowledge and skills to real world problems and encourages them to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students demonstrate that they possess a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
- Students describe and analyze positions on ethical issues, apply reasoning about right and wrong human conduct, demonstrate ethical decision-making skills, and demonstrate an evolving ethical self-identity.
- Students make connections among ideas and experiences and can synthesize and transfer their learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
- A minimum of six (6) credits of the total 18 credits required must be taken as upper-division classes.
- Students must engage in a study or service abroad program lasting a minimum of seven (7) days.
- Students who select this minor are encouraged to contact the program faculty director, Dr. Kurt Harris, for advising.