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INGS 200     Introduction to International and Global Studies  (4)

A course concerned with analyzing how international and global integration shape local development. After reflecting on this integration during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and its impact on nation-state formation and economic development, students analyze the construction of the post-World War II international system around the Bretton-Woods institutions. Attention is also given to how international norms pertaining to human rights and democracy apply to diverse countries during the current period of globalization, and to how transnational linkages shape economic and cultural transformations. The course concludes with discussion of living abroad­including topics such as language acquisition and personal transformation. Required core course for IGS majors. Open only to sophomores.

International and Global Studies

The major in international and global studies involves the interdisciplinary study of global processes as they play out in various parts of the world.  Students learn that cultural borrowing, border crossing, and interdependence are not new, but that these processes operate today at a heightened pace and degree of complexity.  The combination of coursework, abroad experience, and language learning fosters students’ successful navigation of this complex globalized world.