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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

International and Global Studies BS - Overview

Tailor shop in Nashik, India. Photo by Andi Hefti

Core curriculum
Our degree program aims to provide the conceptual and methodological tools for analyzing global change across societies and in different world communities. The core curriculum encourages students to approach globalization in a holistic, humanistic, and systematic way. Our majors are encouraged to consider the consequences of global processes for human rights and ethnic conflict, global health, environmental sustainability, economic justice, violence and human security, and the predicaments of democracy and civil society. The core curriculum includes a repertoire of courses from anthropology, political science, and economics, including global studies, human right in global perspective, comparative economic systems, and culture and globalization. This interdisciplinary approach is enhanced by the concentrated study of globalization theory and fields of specialty.

Field specializations
A unique aspect of our program is the wide choice of specialization options. Students may choose a specific regional or thematic focus for more intensive investigation, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East or Indigenous Studies. Or students may opt to explore topical specialties such as sustainable futures, global justice, peace, and conflict studies, international business, or transnational gender studies. A field specialization allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of the social, political, and cultural dimensions of a particular part of the world or global topic and also to develop career expertise.

Modern language study
Our language curriculum, with a state of the art technology lab, provides critical inter-cultural communication skills necessary for success in any career. We offer language certification if students possess documentable proficiency in another language, as a native speaker or by educational circumstance, or have achieved American Sign Language fluency and are Deaf or hard of hearing. In such cases, students may opt to learn another language, try out multiple languages at the beginning level, or use these credits for program electives or double major options. Quite a number of our majors have developed a keen interest in studying multiple languages, which is among the possible choices of career preparation.

International experience
Our program is comprehensive, well rounded, and encourages all students to participate in an international experience, which includes study abroad opportunities or internships. Students have lived and studied in diverse locations such as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Jordan, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Costa Rica, to name a few. RIT provides study abroad programs to any part of the world. Many of these options are language training intensive, in a context of cultural immersion; others are focused on environmental studies, diplomatic relations, or urban studies. A number of students have worked as interns under the supervision of human rights lawyers for the New York State Division of Human Rights in Rochester and for the United Nations Association of Rochester. These international experiences enhance employment prospects after graduation.