International Studies Mission Statement

The primary objective of the International Studies program is to develop students’ capacity to recognize the increasingly interdependent nature of today’s world and to assess the processes, systems, and structures that interconnect local and global communities. To this end, students must become knowledgeable about global systems as well as regional realities. They must also learn to examine complex issues through the application of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies and to communicate effectively the results of their independent research. Students are further expected to achieve proficiency in a language that promotes their regional studies and are strongly encouraged to participate in experiential learning, especially through internships and study abroad/away programs. Ultimately, the program aims to prepare students to act and interact in social and professional settings with the intercultural awareness and social responsibility of global citizens.