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International and Global Studies Learning Goals

The International and Global Studies program aims at educating majors about regional studies in a global perspective. Using different disciplinary perspectives, students majoring in International and Global Studies will be exposed to the historic, cultural, political and economic dimensions of a particular geographic region as well as its place in the world.

The central components of this education are:

  1. Advanced competency in a foreign language
  2. Broad exposure to the chosen region from multiple perspectives and disciplines
  3. Deep engagement in critical thinking about global questions
  4. Study abroad
  5. Capstone senior experience

Goals and assessment

  1. Foreign Language: students must demonstrate competency in a language by (a) meeting minimum language requirements for study abroad (usually the equivalent of two years of college courses, but for some languages the requirement is higher), (b) completing an upper-level language course at Middlebury
  2. Region of the World: students must demonstrate knowledge of a region of the world by (a) successfully completing at least five courses from a variety of disciplines that concentrate on a region and (b) successfully completing at least one semester of study abroad.
  3. Global Understanding: students must demonstrate ability to think critically about global issues by successfully completing at least three courses on global themes offered by a variety of departments/programs.
  4. Interconnected Nature of the World: students must demonstrate their understanding of the contemporary world by successfully completing the program's introductory course. This course exposes students to an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the major contemporary issues facing the world.