It is the goal of Missouri Southern State University that all academic programs be enhanced through an emphasis on international education. To that end, the University has identified five objectives:
- Graduates will have an understanding of how cultures and societies around the world are formed, sustained, and evolve.
- Graduates will have empathy for the values and perspectives of cultures other than their own and an awareness of international and multicultural influences in their own lives.
- Graduates can identify and discuss international issues and cultures other than their own.
- Graduates have communicative competence in a second or third language.
- Graduates have experienced or desire to experience a culture other than their own.
Several activities have been designed and implemented to help make these objectives possible. They include encouraging and supporting faculty to lead student groups abroad; providing grants for faculty to internationalize the curriculum; developing bilateral exchange agreements with universities in other countries; developing "themed" semesters featuring special course offerings, lectures, and cultural events of a particular continent or country; increasing the number of modern language course sections and course offerings; and increasing the number of Performing Aid Awards for students majoring or minoring in a modern language.
The Institute, moreover, is committed, through its leadership, in assisting global education to become more pervasive throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities of the University.
Finally, the Institute is committed to continual assessment of international programs and its mission to ensure that students develop not only an awareness of international problems but specific competencies needed in business, industry, government, education, and the professions.