International and Global Studies Program

College of Arts & Sciences

336-334-3311 or 336-334-5557 or 336-334-5560


Committee Members

Roberto Campo, Director, International and Global Studies Program and Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

James Anderson, Department of History

Robert Griffiths, Department of Political Science

Veronica Grossi, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Ye (Jane) He, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education

Byoungho Jin, Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

Kathleen MacFie, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Alexandra Moore, Department of English

Sharon Morrison, Department of Public Health Education

Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center

Susan Walcott, Department of Geography


Mission Statement

The International and Global Studies Program educates and empowers students to be engaged global citizens. Our interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach emphasizes intercultural competency, strong foreign language proficiency, and a critical understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of world regions and populations. Study Abroad and other cross-cultural experiences are also integral components of the Program. We therefore prepare our students for a variety of public- and private-sector careers where these qualities and experiences are valued, as well as for graduate and professional studies in fields with an international or global focus.


Special Programs in Liberal Studies Major Concentrations in the International and Global Studies Program

Concentration areas afford intellectual and curricular definition to each student's course of study. Majors, second majors, and minors should select the concentration area that best complements their interests.


Functional Studies

  • International and Global Affairs and Development (major concentration):
    A study of the political, sociological, economic, environmental, and health-related issues and the interdependence among peoples, governments, and nations of the world.
  • International and Global Arts and Belief Systems (major concentration):
    A study of the arts, literatures, philosophies, and belief systems unique to and interconnecting other nations and peoples of the world.
  • International and Global Human Rights (major concentration):
    A study of the foundations of freedom, justice, and peace as they relate to the protection of the dignity and rights of human beings around the world.


Regional Studies

  • Asian Studies (major concentration or minor)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies (major concentration or minor)
  • Russian Studies (major concentration or minor)
  • African Studies (minor)
  • European Studies (minor)



The course of study in all major concentration areas includes:

  1. Foreign Language: Six (6) s.h. of a modern foreign language at the 300 level or above. Languages offered at the upper levels at UNCG include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (Italian is taught through the intermediate level only). Other languages meeting this requirement must be approved by the Director. Note: Students pursuing Regional Studies concentrations must take a language appropriate for their region: Chinese or Japanese for Asian Studies: Spanish, French, or Portugese for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Russian for Russian Studies.
  2. Core Courses:
    1. Introduction Core Course: Three (3) s.h. to be chosen from IGS 200 or IGS 210 or IGS 213
    2. Capstone Seminar: Three (3) s.h. of IGS 400
  3. Additional Courses (18 s.h.): Courses selected according to the student's concentration and special interests in consultation with the Director of the Program. See "Special Programs in Liberal Studies Major, International and Global Studies Concentration (SPLS)-B.A." for further information.
  4. International/Global Experience (IGE): By the end of their final semester of study, all IGS majors must have completed an approved "international" or "global" experience. This requirement will be met by completing a qualified study-abroad experience that satisfies the following requirements:

A Qualified Study-Abroad Experience. Study abroad affords the greatest opportunity for total immersion in another socio-political, economic, and cultural context, thus enhancing knowledge, skills, and dispositions central to the major. In addition, course work completed during study abroad typically has application toward the major's curricular requirements (especially IGS's foreign language and/or Additional Course requirements). The following characteristics shall distinguish such an experience as "qualified":

      • Any semester- or year-long study abroad experience with exchange partners arranged through UNCG's International Programs Center (IPC).
      • A short-term or summer study-abroad program approved by IPC or the IGS Director and equivalent to at least 6 semester hours of academic credit.

Note: whenever possible, students should select a study abroad site that affords an immersion experience for the foreign language they are studying to meet the IGS FL requirement.

Confirmation of completion of this requirement will be documented on the IGS Degree Audit following review of the student's UNCG transcript or UNCG degree evaluation. This audit will be submitted to the Registrar's Office at the end of the major's program of study.

Study Abroad Alternative: In circumstances where study abroad is unfeasible (e.g., in cases of serious financial or personal hardship) or redundant (e.g., in cases of international students), a major must submit a "Study Abroad Alternative" request to the IGS director, who will assess the validity of the case. Should the study abroad obligation be waived, the IGE requirement should be met by completing the UNCG Global Leadership Program (GLP) by the student's final semester of study. The GLP offers students who are interested in international and global societies and issues an opportunity to hone the range of skills necessary to develop as global leaders. Through a combination of experiences involving work with immigrants and refugees in the local community and/or foreign students on campus, GLP participants will prepare themselves to become engaged world citizens with an appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding.

Additional alternatives may be available. Contact the IGS director for details.



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