Special Programs in Liberal Studies
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- Archaeology (BA) U808
- Asian Studies (BA) U824
- Environmental Studies (BA) U825
- Humanities (BA) U820 (online only)
- Integrated Science (BA) U834
- Integrated Science Lic (BA) U837
- International & Global Affairs and Development (BA) U821
- International & Global Arts and Belief Systems (BA) U822
- International and Global Human Rights (BA) U829
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies (BA) U823
- Russian Studies (BA) U802
- Social Sciences (BA) U862 (online only)
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies – Online (BLS) is a degree completion program designed for working adults who have already completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science, or who have at least 60 transferable credit hours toward a Bachelor's degree.
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Phone: (336) 334-5989
International & Global Studies
(International and Global Affairs and Development, International and Global Arts and Belief Systems, and International and Global Human Rights
Address: 103E Foust Building
Phone: (336) 334-5557
Major and Minor Concentrations
The International and Global Studies Program offers a major and second major (30 hours), or minor (18 hours) in 8 areas of concentration:
FUNCTIONAL STUDIES Concentrations:
- International and Global Affairs and Development (major or minor)
- International and Global Arts and Belief Systems (major or minor)
- International and Global Human Rights (major or minor)
REGIONAL STUDIES Concentrations:
- Asian Studies (major or minor)
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies (major or minor)
- Russian Studies (major or minor)
- African Studies (minor only)
- European Studies (minor only)
What is Unique about the International & Global Studies program at UNCG
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 s 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. In addition, they become interculturally competent by participating in the program’s rich co-curriculum, by completing an international/global experience through study abroad, and often by volunteering or interning with one or more non-profit organizations serving immigrants and refugees in our community.
Quick Facts about IGS at UNCG
- 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.
Most IGS majors pursue volunteer or internship opportunities in local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations. Several have also pursued and earned US 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.
Approximately 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 non-profits 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.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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