As it fundamentally changes the world, globalization restructures the way states, societies, communities, and individuals relate to one another, creating new challenges that cannot be met by nations or markets alone nor understood and overcome using merely one disciplinary perspective. International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on social transformation and innovative responses to seemingly intractable global problems. International Studies students learn to think across disciplines, to move between the the local and the global, and not to lose sight of the realities of human lives at the center of our investigations.
One of UNCW's strategic goals is to "Create an educational environment that prepares our students to be global citizens." Students are prepared to face these global issues, and bring about a more just and equitable world. But just as important is the goal to prepare students to be competitive in the global workforce. Occupations and professions in a variety of settings increasingly emphasize global knowledge, skills, and experience.
The International Studies major is designed specifically to meet these goals by offering an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree that provides a distinctive international learning experience for UNCW students. The integrative program curriculum will provide students with:
- A focus on a particular international theme or geographic area of concentration;
- Exposure to other cultures, people, and places;
- An understanding of one's own culture from international perspectives
- A deeper appreciation of the global society.
An international perspective recognizes that many issues cross borders and continents. Therefore, students can concentrate their studies of various global themes:
Examining the world outside the United States
Students can also concentrate their studies on the politics, economics, langagues, cultures, literatures of a particular region of the world. The thematic concentrations include: