Educational Goals for the B.S. Program in International & Global Studies

Our degree program is organized so as to help students reach a variety of rigorous educational goals. All of the curricular requirements are geared so as to assure that students achieve the intended learning outcomes, and we engage in an annual process of assessment and curricular review to ensure that our students get the best possible education. Our goals are consistent with national standards in International & Global Studies, but also reflect our program's unique commitment to globalization as a core theoretical, empirical, and conceptual issue, and the technical expertise and career orientation of RIT. 

Program Goal Associated Intended Learning Outcome

Goal 1: Provide historical, ethnographic, and theoretical perspectives on globalization

Demonstrate knowledge of the key perspectives, concepts, and terminologies of globalization.

Demonstrate use of analytical tools and the fundamental models and methods of analysis for assessing global change and local consequences.

Goal 2: Provide practical and effective communication and intercultural skills for a globalizing world. 

Demonstrate multicultural communication skills and foreign language proficiency

Goal 3: Provide opportunities for experiential learning and cross-cultural competence in a global context.

Demonstrate applied knowledge of critical thinking, ethical reasoning, problem-solving, and communicative skills through an international experience.

Goal 4: Develop grounding in the methods for the empirical and scientific analyses of international and global processes.

Identify and determine appropriate application of quantitative methods for the analysis of global processes.

Develop appropriate qualitative research skills, including ethnographic and/or sociological research methods, for the analysis of concrete social or political situations in a global context.

Goal 5: Develop knowledge of ethical principles in theory and practice that incorporate respect for persons, human rights, and cultural value systems.

Demonstrate knowledge of the relative rights of peoples, cultures, and societies in a global context.

Goal 6: Equip students with the ability to identify and analyze the impacts of global and international processes on world regions, populations, and societal systems.

Correlate the dynamic relationships between the mandates of globalization, political interests, local traditions, and cultural transformations.