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International and Global Studies Program

College of Arts & Sciences

336/334-3657 or 336/334-5557

Committee Members

Roberto Campo, Director, International and Global Studies Program

Jamie Anderson, Department of History

Susan Andreatta, Department of Anthropology

Fabrice Lehoucq, Department of Political Science

Kathleen Macfie, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sam Miller, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education

Sharon Morrison, Department of Public Health Education

Penelope Pynes, International Programs

Stephen Sills, Department of Sociology

Jonathan Tudge, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Susan Walcott, Department of Geography

Mission Statement

The mission of the International and Global Studies (IGS) Program is to deliver an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that emphasizes a critical understanding of the multidimensional characteristics of other world regions and issues facing populations in a global context. It also provides a framework in which to develop and apply an advanced proficiency of a foreign language and the inter-cultural sensitivity that derives from the experiences afforded by the Program’s diverse cross-cultural opportunities and study abroad. IGS thereby supports UNCG’s mission to integrate international and intercultural knowledge with an aim to shaping thoughtful, responsible, and engaged members of a global society.


Eight concentration areas afford intellectual and curricular definition to each student's course of study. Majors, second majors, and minors should select the concentration area that best complements their interests.

General Studies

  1. International and Global Affairs and Development (major concentration):
    A study of the political, sociological, economic, environmental, and health-related issues and the interdependence among peoples, governments, and nations of the world.
  2. International and Global Arts and Belief Systems (major concentration):
    A study of the arts, literatures, philosophies, and belief systems unique to and interconnecting other nations and peoples of the world.
  3. International and Global Human Rights (major concentration):
    A study of the foundations of freedom, justice, and peace as they relate to the protection of the dignity and rights of human beings around the world.

Regional Studies

  1. Asian Studies (major concentration or minor)
  2. European Studies (major concentration or minor)
  3. Latin American and Caribbean Studies (major concentration or minor)
  4. Russian Studies (major concentration or minor)
  5. African Studies (minor)

The course of study in all major concentration areas (I–VII) includes completion of six (6) s.h. of a modern foreign language (Chinese or Japanese in the case of Asian Studies; French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese in the case of European Studies; Spanish, French, or Portuguese in the case of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Russian in the case of Russian Studies. Other languages subject to permission of the Director. Note that Italian and Portuguese are not currently available at the upper levels at UNCG.) at the 300 level or above, the two core seminars (IGS 200 or 201 or approved equivalent and IGS 400), and eighteen (18) s.h. of additional courses selected according to the student’s concentration and special interests in consultation with the Director of the Program.

Students whose particular interests are not satisfactorily addressed by the areas of concentration listed above may design a coherent plan in a different area in consultation with the Director of the International and Global Studies Program.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.