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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 and Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

James Anderson, Department of History

Susan Andreatta, Department of Anthropology

Bill Crowther, Department of Political Science

Veronica Grossi, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Ye (Jane) He, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education

Byoungho Jin, Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

Kathleen MacFie, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sharon Morrison, Department of Public Health Education

Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center

Stephen Sills, Department of Sociology

Jonathan Tudge, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Susan Walcott, Department of Geography

Mission Statement

The International and Global Studies Program educates and empowers students to be engaged global citizens. Our interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach emphasizes intercultural competency, strong foreign language proficiency, and a critical understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of world regions and populations. Study Abroad and other cross-cultural experiences are also integral components of the Program. We therefore prepare our students for a variety of public- and private-sector careers where these qualities and experiences are valued, as well as for graduate and professional studies in fields with an international or global focus.


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 are 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 an 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.

This page was last updated on June 6, 2012.