The mission of the program is to prepare students for global leadership and service and to train the next generation of policy leaders to tackle the complex issues of a globalized world. It is intended for individuals who want to be policymakers at the national, regional, and local government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations.
The Global Affairs program provides students an understanding of current challenges in the ASEAN region and around the world. The program provides an opportunity to study crucial contemporary issues--conflict among and within nations, democratization, economic and political globalization, regional conflicts and the emerging importance of non-state actors; as well as analysis of foreign and economic policymaking and security issues in the region and on a global scale.
In every nation, there is a growing need for knowledgeable professionals who are capable of identifying solutions to the unique challenges of an interdependent world. The Global Affairs Program offers a solid foundation for entering the workforce or for graduate studies. The program prepares students for career opportunities with government agencies dealing with foreign affairs, international security, and the international economy; with multinational corporations, banks, and consulting firms; and with international organizations. The program also provides preparation for programs in international law and business and for graduate study in more specialized fields.
At the completion of the major in Global Affairs, the graduate will be able to:
- Identify, describe and define basic factual information and analytical concepts concerning global issues.
- Analyze issues and phenomena using relevant social science concepts, theories, and methods
- Use argument and evidence effectively to communicate original analysis of social, political, economic and cultural phenomena.
- Construct well-reasoned solutions or conclusions; test and defend conclusions against relevant criteria and standards.
- Critically analyze one’s own thinking by identifying presumptions, values, and viewpoints as well as problems, inconsistencies and unanswered questions.
- Conceive and defend alternative hypotheses and viewpoints; offer and explain reasons for provisionally rejecting or accepting them.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of ethical conduct in a variety of global contexts, and exhibit a personal adherence to ethical comportment in academic and interpersonal relationships.