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UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG
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Degree and Programs Offered:
Major - International Studies
Minor - International Studies, Asian Studies
Certificates - Asian Studies, Global Skills
International Studies combines courses from various departments to create a broad, interdisciplinary program with a flexible curriculum that emphasizes the knowledge, analytical approaches, and cultural competencies needed to understand the contemporary global system. The program offers a major and a minor in International Studies; a minor and a certificate in Asian Studies; and a Certificate in Global Skills. Students can work within the options available, or work with their advisor to develop their own path of study to suit their particular interests or career goals.
The International Studies program recognizes that studying abroad, working abroad or doing an internship abroad are excellent complements to the major, minor, or certificate programs and can be a rewarding and life-changing experience for any student. Incorporating study abroad into a student’s college experience enhances the value of any academic program. UW-Parkside faculty-led programs, UW-System study abroad programs, and affiliated study abroad programs, once approved, can count toward elective credits in the International Studies major. Study abroad programs can be week-, semester-, or year-long programs.
Preparation for Graduate and Professional Programs
The International Studies major provides excellent preparation for individuals interested in law, business administration, and graduate school in fields such as international relations, development studies, area/regional studies, or public policy.
Internships and Research Fellowships
The program can arrange for internships and service learning opportunities in both domestic and international contexts. Summer research fellowships are available through the program on a competitive basis. The center has also developed an internship to prepare students for a profession in international education through office experience in study abroad and international student services.
Program Level Outcomes
Students majoring in international studies must complete a total of 42 credits of which 12 credits are introductory or pre-requisite courses.
Recommended for the International Studies Major
Study abroad or other experiential learning activity in international studies is strongly recommended.
Each student planning to major in international studies must consult regularly with an international studies faculty adviser to schedule a coherent program consonant with their interests. This is particularly important when selecting elective course options. Students are cautioned to match prerequisite classes with higher level classes within the major.
The international studies program faculty strongly encourages students to gain additional language competence beyond the introductory level required for graduation. This is critical for students who choose elective course option C (Comparative Cultures and Societies).
Experiential Learning Activities
All majors in international studies are strongly encouraged to take part in experiential learning in international studies. This may be accomplished through study abroad, participation in short-term faculty-led study tours, semester or year-long study abroad, working with international students on campus, or working/ volunteering with an international agency or non-governmental organization in the international arena.
Requirements for the International Studies Minor (18 credits)
The international studies minor consists of 18 credits. The following courses are required:
Requirements for the Asian Studies Minor (18 credits)
The Asian studies minor consists of 9 credits of core and 9 credits of elective courses.
Requirements for the Asian Studies Certificate (12 credits)
The Asian studies certificate consists 12 credits. The certificate is open to degree and non-degree students.
Requirements for the Global Skills Certificate (13 credits)
The certificate in global skills is designed to assist students to understand and appreciate the impact of international affairs on their daily lives. Degree and non-degree students completing the certificate will be expected to value different cultures and political/economic systems, as well as become familiar with the numerous international connections that exist between countries through trade, diplomacy, international organizations and communication technology. Students are strongly encouraged to keep in mind that both core and options classes may have prerequisites.