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International Studies at UND
Director: Thyra Knapp
International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks to build bridges between disciplines, languages, cultures, and communities. As such, the IS program is designed to help students learn to operate in and across cultures, and fosters cultural literacy that prepares students to develop informed opinions about the diverse world which they inhabit. IS students take courses in a number of different disciplines in order to gain a global perspective on contemporary international issues and develop the problem-solving skills to engage these upon graduation. IS thus challenges students to think about people and contexts outside of those with which they are familiar, giving them the tools they need to be responsible, successful citizens in the local, state, national, and international levels.
During their course of study IS students will:
- Evaluate cultural diversity in terms of exploring how people think differently and hold diverse sets of values according to time and place.
- Make connections across diverse disciplines and explore how these provide unique insights into global processes. Departments that contribute to the program include Anthropology, Geography, History, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Religion, and Political Science.
- Analyze the roots of historical change by exploring the relationship between structure and agency, processes of power and domination, marginalization and oppression, resistance, negotiation, colonialism, and global cultural interactions.
- Understand their own place in the world and be able to step outside of it to evaluate why people in other cultures operate from different values than those with which students are most familiar.
- Participate in the global environment as informed citizens across cultural contexts and languages.