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INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL STUDIES (IGS)
Amy Nichols-Belo, Chair/Associate Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
Rachael Goodman, Assistant Professor of Global Development and Anthropology
Jacob Kendall, Assistant Professor of Global Health
Chinekwu Obidoa, Associate Professor of Global Health
 
The International and Global Studies (IGS) Department offers a rigorous curriculum that provides students a broad survey of the most important dynamics of global issues and concerns. Courses are organized into four thematic major and minor programs, but common experiences foster the creation of learning and a collaborative community for applying an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. The programs are:
Major and minor in Global Development Studies (GDS)
Major and minor in Global Health Studies (GHS)
Minor in Asian Studies
Minor in Anthropology
All programs combine academic and practical experiences to produce capable and engaged graduates. The common goals of these distinctly interdisciplinary and integrative curricula are: (1) to prepare students to work for the different types of international organizations involved in global issues, such as corporations, non-profits, and government agencies; (2) to prepare and encourage students to apply to, and gain admission into, some of the most selective graduate study programs; (3) to encourage students to take a more active and engaged approach in understanding the implications of international events and conditions; (4) to encourage students to develop original and creative initiatives that are intended to raise the standard of living both at home and abroad; (5) to expose students to the growing complexities of global relations and the processes that guide them.
Experiential Learning:
Experiential learning is a pedagogical emphasis of all the programs. IGS students fulfill experiential learning requirements through an exciting combination of offerings that include internships, study/travel abroad, and field research. Experiential learning in the form of study abroad or internships fosters cultural sensitivity and appreciation for global diversity.
Research and Innovation:
IGS students work together on complex issues that demand a comprehensive approach that considers the varied dimensions of global, domestic and intermestic challenges. Projects will require extensive research and must be original to the discipline. These projects are administered by the faculty and can generate a range of products, from the traditional research thesis that can be presented at professional academic conferences, to practical and creative initiatives intended to deal with a specific set of challenges. The combination of internships, study abroad, service and engaged learning, critical evaluation and applied work will equip IGS students with the knowledge and skills required to become caring and committed leaders in a globally interconnected society.
Departmental Honors:
The IGS Department encourages its students to deepen their knowledge of the field through its Departmental Honors program. Eligible students will have the opportunity to explore various topics and problems in international studies that are of particular interest to them, to work more closely with departmental faculty, and to develop skills in research and thesis preparation.
Requirements for the program are as follows: (1) a student must be a declared major in GDS or GHS; (2) a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3; (3) a cumulative major grade point average of at least 3.50; (4) a thesis that is approved by a faculty member of the department, with a grade of at least B. This is achieved by enrolling in IGS 402. The thesis is expected to be an extended, original, coherent work of scholarship on an issue of relevance in the field of international studies.
IGS 180. Special Introductory Topics in Global Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Study of an introductory topic not normally offered through regularly scheduled courses. Topics will be announced in advance. The department chair must approve the use of this course to satisfy major and minor requirements in the IGS Department. Course cannot be used more than once in a single IGS major or minor. (Occasionally)
IGS 198. Special Introductory Topics in International and Global Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in International and Global Studies not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may be applied to the International and Global Studies majors or minors. (Occasionally)
IGS 280. Special Intermediate Topics in Global Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Study of an intermediate level topic not normally offered through regularly scheduled courses. Topics will be announced in advance. The department chair must approve the use of this course to satisfy major and minor requirements in the IGS Department. (Occasionally)
IGS 297. Global Ethics (3 hours)
(Same as PHI 297)
An evaluation of international actors (nation-states, international organizations, and NGOs) and the actions they take, exploring the claim that a global consensus regarding right action in international affairs is possible or desirable. Topics include universal human rights, the use of force, global inequality, and structures that promote free trade and the international movement of capital. (Every two years)
IGS 301. Research Design (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GDS 200, GHS 200, IAF 253, or POL 253.
The course equips students with the oral, written, and research skills required to carry out an innovative, quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research project.
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Study of an advanced level topic not normally offered through regularly scheduled courses. Topics will be announced in advance. The department chair must approve the use of this course to satisfy major and minor requirements in the IGS Department. (Occasionally)
IGS 390. Colloquium (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: instructor’s permission.
Small-group seminars that address current problems, each focusing on one specific question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to majors/minors in programs housed in the IGS Department. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. (Occasionally)
IGS 397. Preceptorship (1-2 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Selected students will serve as learning facilitators in a class typically at the 100-200 level. Preceptors commonly attend all classes, read assigned texts, participate in class discussions, and take on other duties as assigned, but are not allowed to grade the work of students enrolled in the course. Each preceptor will reflect on the preceptorship experience in accordance with departmental practices, usually by keeping a journal during the semester. At least three hours of work per week are required for every hour of credit. Successful completion of the course meets the EXP requirement (EXP 408). Graded S/U. May not be counted toward the major or minor. May be repeated once for a maximum of four credit hours. (As needed)
IGS 398. Internship in International and Global Studies (1-12 hours)
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, and permission of department chair.
An intensive practicum at an approved business, organization, or academic institution, located domestically or abroad. Students, under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn though observation, regular discussion with the on-site supervisor and faculty member, and written reflection. Internship hours are purely elective hours and do not satisfy the requirements of any of the majors or minors offered in IGS. Pre-approval of internship and department chair signature are required to enroll in course. This course cannot be repeated for more than a total of 12 hours. Graded S/U. (Every year)
IGS 402. Senior Project (3 hours)
Prerequisite: IGS 301 or GHS 332 or consent of instructor.
Each student will successfully complete a comprehensive research project utilizing recognized research methodology. Students will present and defend projects with peers and the instructor. (Every year)
IGS 493. Independent Study (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international and global studies. Restricted to majors/minors in programs housed in the IGS Department.
IGS 496. Independent Research (3 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Independent research and writing under supervision of a faculty member. Restricted to majors/minors in programs housed in the IGS Department.