Educating students who are well-prepared for their chosen careers in a global society is core to the RIT mission. Global interconnectedness and perspectives are integrated across the RIT curriculum, as an essential program outcome for all undergraduate degree programs as well as within many general education courses. The globally focused learning outcomes foster the development of individuals who become successful professionals, civic leaders, and informed citizens in a diverse national and global society.
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Highlighted below are a number of RIT’s degree, minor, concentration, and immersion programs that develop deep global competencies and professional practice.
Global Degree Programs
The international business major strives to educate students on how to serve customers in international markets. Students learn how to take local businesses global and they gain an understanding of how people in other countries live and develop business strategies that meet the needs and wants of customers. The values of diversity and understanding are stressed and students will graduate with the ability to take a problem and solve it while also factoring in variables such as language, customs and government policy.
The international and global studies major seeks to educate a new generation of experts who can analyze the salient issues of worldwide transformation, including consumer capitalism, media culture, forms of communication, economic development, gender and health, migration, border wars, political violence, sustainable futures, and human security. Students in this major are provided with multiple opportunities for innovation, creativity, and research to achieve intercultural competence and global expertise.
The international hospitality and service management major prepares students for a wide variety of career choices in food management, hotel/resort management, health care management, corporate travel management, food marketing sales and distribution, and human resources. A career in the hospitality industry has become highly specialized in today’s business world, and RIT graduates are in demand. RIT’s hospitality and service management program is among the nation’s leading hospitality and travel management programs.
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Global Minors, Concentrations, and Immersions
The African studies concentration allows students to critically analyze the social worlds of Africa and reverberations for the African Diaspora by examining cultures, societies and histories from multiple perspectives and by analyzing changing and competing interpretations of issues, events and political issues in African societies.
Africa and the Diaspora
The immersion in Africa and the Diaspora enables students to gain knowledge about African societies, cultures, histories, and modern political realities and cultures and communities of the African Diaspora. Students are encouraged to enhance their scholarly knowledge through language study and study abroad.
Cultural anthropology attempts to provide insight on how human beings across the globe live and work and shape their cultural world in families, cities, societies, ethnic groups, nations, and networked solidarities through ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and values or worldviews. One of the goals of cultural anthropology is to promote understanding among peoples–an increasingly important venture in our vastly interconnected world communities.
Global Justice and Peace Studies
The global justice and peace studies concentration and immersion examines attempts to effect lasting accord and social justice on the international scale. The goal of the concentration is to elucidate the link between concepts of peace and justice while accessing non-violent means of conflict resolution.
Global Literatures and Cultures
The global literatures and cultures minor offers a rich variety of courses for students curious about global literatures and the different forms they take across cultures, from epic poetry to contemporary film. Students will examine aspects of globalization and the human condition through mutiple cultural lenses, better preparing them for the complex global workplace of the 21st century. Given the diverse, international backgrounds of our faculty, students will learn how literary imaginations of all types are transmitted across historical epochs and national boundaries using a range of old and new material technologies.
The global studies concentration offers courses in economics, history, and political science. While some courses focus on the comparative economic and political systems of the world, others emphasize the development of modern states through studying their social, intellectual, and institutional systems. Finally, other courses examine relations among the states of the world. The purpose of this concentration is to provide students with an opportunity to develop a global perspective to examine the economic, political, historical, and diplomatic aspects of the contemporary world. The concentration further introduces students to the tools to analyze the component parts of the global system, namely the individual countries of which it is comprised.
The Globalization Theory concentration and immersion analyzes how linkages and interconnections across and beyond conventional borders and boundaries are forged by people, political regimes, social movements, corporate enterprise, and culture industries. The emphasis is on the causes, signs, and possibilities of globalization with view to mobile populations, permeable borders, transnational flows of capital, and the traffic of culture across space or historical time. Courses examine how global fluidities, mobilities, and connections have been forged, the various dynamic and unpredictable responses of people in diverse locations to global processes, and the implications of global processes for a shared future.
Health and Culture
This immersion focuses on the shifting configurations of health and culture in a globalizing world. Health beliefs, including notions about bodily integrity or emotional well-being, illness causation, diagnostic practices, and the experiences, expressions, and treatments of human ailments unfold in concrete cultural contexts. Every society has some form of a health care system, which is minimally administered by community members or specialized practitioners. By moving beyond the lens of ‘western’ bio-medicine, this immersion provides students with a set of tools for analyzing the impact of culture on how health care is delivered, how health symptoms are interpreted and communicated by patients and health providers, and how costs for treatment are calculated and managed in relation to perceived benefits. Courses examine the interrelation between health and culture from a number of perspectives and contexts, including the cultural realities within which bodies are meaningfully constituted or in some cases enhanced by technology, the culture-specific communicative or representational health practices, the socially constituted experiences of trauma, death, suffering, and healing, and the various culturally mediated approaches to health care costs and remedies.
Students minoring in international business benefit from learning the global view of worldwide markets and the role of business in these markets.
The international relations minor, concentration, and immersion exposes students to the fundamental concepts and approaches of international relations. Issues of conflict, cooperation, continuity, and change are explained through a variety of subjects and case studies.
Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies
The Latino/Latina/ Latin American studies concentration and immersion enables students to explore the rich social, historical, and cultural heritage in the western hemisphere that emanates from the Caribbean and Central and South America and manifests itself in the history, sociology, anthropology, politics, languages, and literatures of the Latin American countries and the Latino/Latina populations in the United States.
Literary and Culture Studies
A concentration in literary and cultural studies offers a variety of approaches to the study of literary and non-literary texts, including but not limited to imaginative fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual culture, and new media. Those who choose this concentration will have the opportunity to engage such texts through both traditional and contemporary approaches. Students will develop their critical and analytical abilities as they become versed in the formal, contextual, and historical aspects of specific texts.
Material Culture Studies
A concentration in material cultural studies allows students to study the resources and technologies that convert natural and man-made materials into cultural objects. Archaeological and art conservation science integrate chemistry, engineering, art, and anthropology in order to investigate methods and materials from the past. This concentration includes courses from a broad range of topics with laboratory components such as archeological science, forensic investigation of art, ancient metallurgy, art conservation, and the technology of organic and inorganic materials.
Modern Language and Culture
The modern language and culture minor, concentration, and immersion provides beginning and some intermediate level study of a modern language and appropriate courses in the culture of the nations where that language is most often used. The goal of this minor is to introduce students to the language customs and cultural aspects (e.g. history, art, literature, politics, anthropology and music) of one particular country or area. Students can choose from the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Native American Science and Technology
The Native American Science and Technology concentration and immersion enhances students’ understanding of the unique heritages of Native North Americans and their relationships with other peoples in the United States and Canada. Courses emphasize traditional ways of learning, modern and ancient technologies used by contemporary tribes, histories or relations, and Native American and First Nations Science.
Religion plays a major role in human affairs. To understand the nature of society and the individual, it is essential to have some understanding of religion. The religious studies concentration and immersion engages students in the study of religion from the perspective of major Western and non-Western traditions through courses in such disciplines as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, political science, the fine arts, and sociology.
Sociology and Anthropology
The minor and concentration in sociology and anthropology offers insights into two academic disciplines dedicated to understanding human social life, both local and global. Through sociology we discover how our own lives are influenced by social relationships around us. Through anthropology we discover and appreciate the diversity of other cultural systems on a global scale. Careful selection of courses provides insights into a wide range of topics such as human history and prehistory through archaeology, gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class and inequality, urban life and cities, cultural images and mass media, war and violence, social movements, social and cultural change, and globalization.
Social inequalities and collective responses to them, both locally and globally, are the focus of this immersion. Students explore the interplay between social and cultural dimensions of the rapid globalization of production, culture, and politics and the inequalities in race, ethnicity, class, gender, and culture that ensue. The egalitarian strivings that emerge from these inequalities will also be examined. The courses offer the unique standpoints of two academic disciplines–sociology and anthropology–to analyze the roles of powerful social institutions and culture and to identify and explain social inequalities and resulting conflicts and egalitarian hopes.