International and Global Studies Program

Address: 103 E Foust Building
Phone: 336.334.5557

Majors & Concentrations

  • International & Global Affairs & Development (BA) U821
  • International & Global Arts & Belief Systems (BA) U822
  • International & Global Human Rights (BA) U829
  • Asian Studies (BA) U824
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies (BA) U823
  • Russian Studies (BA) U802

About the major

International and Global Studies at UNCG is a distinctly interdisciplinary program designed to empower students to expand their knowledge of issues and processes affecting societies beyond U.S. borders and across the globe through the social sciences and humanities in areas such as political science, sociology, history, economics, public health, geography, anthropology, religious studies, and foreign languages. Students who major in IGS also develop a variety of vital transferable skills, including the ability to conduct research, to analyze and evaluate information critically, to express thoughts clearly and persuasively both orally and in writing, and to use a modern foreign language at an advanced level. They become interculturally competent by participating in the program’s rich co-curriculum, by completing an international/global experience through study abroad, and by volunteering or interning with one or more nonprofit organizations serving immigrants and refugees in our community.

What is Unique about Internaiton and Global Studies at UNCG

  • The program has quadrupled in size since 2006, with approximately 200 majors and minors in fall 2014.
  • IGS collaborates with more than 30 departments and programs across the campus in order to provide the widest possible array of courses and experiential opportunities in and out of the classroom.
  • IGS requires at least 6 hours of advanced foreign language training for all majors and minors.
  • IGS is the only UNCG program to include intercultural competence as a central objective and requires its majors to complete an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) at the beginning and end of their studies as both a personal educational tool and an instrument for program assessment.
  • IGS is one of the few programs at UNCG to have an international/global experience requirement for majors (only). The requirement is met by studying abroad or by completing an approved study abroad alternative when studying abroad is unfeasible.
  • IGS majors see themselves as global citizens in a world that is highly interconnected, where the peoples, events, and conditions in each part of our planet impact the peoples, events, and conditions in other places. They also view themselves as "change agents," people who are able and dedicated to bringing about a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Student opportunities

Most IGS majors pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations. Several have also pursued and earned U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to hone their foreign language skills (especially in Chinese and Russian) and Fulbright Scholarships to teach or conduct research in countries across the globe.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Black Business Students' Association
  • Bryan Student Advisory Council
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Human Resource Management Association


About 60 students graduate from IGS each year. Many of these individuals go on to pursue jobs or careers in foreign service, international policy consulting, globalized businesses, and teaching. Many also serve their neighbors by working for nonprofits dedicated to helping newly arrived refugee and immigrant populations, their country by pursuing careers in federal agencies and the military, and the world by volunteering for AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Still others go on to pursue advanced degrees in international relations, international development, international human rights, and international peace and conflict.

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