The Global Studies Minor (GSM) is an innovative, multi-disciplinary program in which students investigate the ways scholarship and experiential learning can be used to achieve understanding of international, regional, and global issues. The GSM is open to all undergraduate students who wish to increase their knowledge and competencies by adding a formally recognized global dimension to their program of study. Study abroad, language study and use, and Binghamton University’s internationalized curriculum provide the tools to build knowledge and skills. Students may use the GSM to help steer their choice of electives; to provide a global studies foundation within their major; or to expand their future options on the basis of acquired international knowledge, intercultural proficiency, and global awareness. Specifically, GSM courses foster a self-critical perspective on the study abroad/intercultural experience; promote students' reflective-analysis so they may better understand their own cultural values and behaviors, and the various ways these may be interpreted by members of other cultures; prompt students to connect their study abroad experience to their academic area of expertise; and encourage investigation into the ways scholarship has been used to achieve understandings of international, regional and global issues.
Because the Global Studies minor builds upon the University's existing "Global Interdependencies" and language requirements, students need only 24 credits beyond the General Education requirements. Some or most of these credits may also count toward other General Education requirements or for a given student's major(s) and other minor(s).
The increasing interdependencies among societies around the world are indisputable. As a society, we are increasingly aware of the ways global trends and processes reach beyond the confines of local, regional, national, and even international boundaries. Binghamton University's Global Studies Minor offers students important academic preparation for recognizing and exploring the ways interrelated processes fit with the challenges of the 21st century. The Global Studies minor has a flexible curriculum aimed at preparing global graduates for entry into a diversified world full of complex challenges and opportunities.
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Last Updated: 10/15/12