International Studies Goals + Competencies

Learning Goals


International Studies students will bring interdisciplinary frameworks to understand the world beyond their borders.


International Studies students will be able to demonstrate that they have the skills to navigate cultural and national differences in diverse ways and understand that the world is interconnected.


International Studies students will develop the skills and abilities to live a meaningful and ethical life and understand their worldview in relation to the worldview of others.

Learning Outcomes

Reasoned Judgment  |  Personal Responsibility  |  Communication

International Studies students can identify major global issues and concepts, comparing and contrasting differences and similarities among regions/countries.


  1. Articulates processes
  2. Knows global trends
  3. Understands global systems
  • Economic similarities and differences
  • Cultural similarities and differences
  • Historical similarities and differences

International Studies students have effective written and verbal communication skills regarding global and international issues, including foreign language skills and/or intercultural knowledge.


  • Writing papers or communication
  • Presentations

International Studies students are able to collect and use data to effectively understand and interpret international issues, analyzing them using concepts and methods from different disciplines.

COMPONENTS | Knows how to find information 

  • International agencies
  • Governments
  • NGOS
  • Primary sources such as interviews
  • Academic sources

International Studies students ingage in multiple international and intercultural activities and experiences, appreciate cultural difference and tolerate cultural and national ambiguity, and reflect on how their national and cultural identities have been shaped.

Relation to Learning Goals of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

  • Learning Outcomes 1 and 2 relate to Reasoned Judgment
  • Learning Outcome 4 relates Social and Personal Responsibility
  • Learning Outcome 3 relates to Communication
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