Undergraduate Degree Program - Majors
The core learning outcomes common to all SIS majors are:
- The ability to think and communicate critically and clearly in both written and oral forms.
- The ability to understand and apply economic, social, and political theory in the analysis of historical events and contemporary international issues.
- The ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations and to relate appropriately in a variety of cultural contexts.
- The ability to understand, evaluate, and apply quantitative and qualitative research methods.
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The majors in the School of International Studies are designed to prepare students for careers in government, business, public service, law, journalism, education and other international professions.
The core courses in the majors, which are co-taught by faculty from economics, politics, history, geography and anthropology, includes a four-course introductory sequence which explores issues of economic and cultural globalization, war and peace, the problems of the global environment and other factors that shape the world. We have recently added a Capstone course for seniors that synthesizes the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary core curriculum with the experiential learning of study abroad.
All students are required to complete the University General Education requirements as well as their major requirements. Stuents are also required to study abroad and take a cross cultural orientation course before they go (Cross Cultural Training I) and a reentry course when they return, (Cross Cultural Training II). Additionally, all students study a foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. Many students learn other languages abroad.