Mission Statement

International Comparative Studies (ICS) is an interdisciplinary program whose mission  is to prepare lifelong learners who can live, work, and thoughtfully engage with people and problems in a complex, diverse, and interconnected world. 

Learning Objectives

1.  Gain area knowledge:  ICS majors gain knowledge in the culture(s), history, politics, and language relevant to one geographic region of the world through cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework, research, and study-away opportunities.

2.  Gain knowledge of global and transnational dynamics: ICS majors gain knowledge of global and transnational dynamics through cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework, research, and study-away opportunities.

3.  Gain awareness of the ways disciplines construct knowledge:  ICS majors become alert to the ways questions can be formulated and addressed using a variety of disciplinary approaches through core courses, advising, and research mentoring.

4.  Gain knowledge through step-wise curricular choices:  Aided by advising, ICS majors build step-wise curricular paths to gain knowledge and skill depth over the course of their ICS careers.

5.  Integrate academic experiences through capstone:  ICS majors integrate coursework, study away, and other relevant experiences during the senior year through the capstone experience.

6.  Gain writing, analysis, and research skills:  ICS majors gain skills in writing, analysis, information literacy and research, especially through the gateway and capstone courses.

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