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Five Dimensions to Global Learning

International studies as defined by the Institute of International Studies allows as many disciplines as possible to become involved in the internationalizing of the University. In its conception, the Institute believes international implies the wholeness, the complexity, and the interdependence of all nations of the world.

The Institute proposes five dimensions to global learning:

  1. that students become aware that they have a view of the world that is not universally shared;
  2. that students explore perceptions of the world as others see it;
  3. that students increase their awareness of the state of the planet, or where we have been, where we are, and where we are likely to be heading;
  4. that students derive a knowledge of how the world works;
  5. and an awareness that human choice is possible and can make a difference.

Today one must cope with a growing array of complex global issues which are, at their core, as former U.S. Senator William Fulbright once said, human problems not technological ones. Because of that, international studies must center on constructive interaction with people from cultures and countries other than the students' own.

The Institute of International Studies

  • provides courses,
  • coordinates international enhancement of existing courses,
  • supports development of new international courses,
  • and promotes study, work, and travel abroad by students and faculty.

Integrating language and cross cultural studies with disciplines and specific areas of concern, the Institute offers both a major and minor in international studies, further emphasizing the importance of such inquiry in the students' future world. The major in international studies is committed to the development by students of high intellectual standards, concern for the whole person, and practical cross-cultural and professional skills to enable them to embark upon immediate employment or graduate study. 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.

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