Global Studies

Global Studies students enhance their global knowledge base, develop crucial skills, and cultivate global perspectives in the following ways:

  1. Knowledge : Students will engage in interdisciplinary studies and will demonstrate understanding of complex global events and processes of globalization in relationship to culture, politics, gender studies, sustainability and foreign languages.
    1. Cultural Literacy: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global culture/s. (W5a)
    2. Political Competency: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global political processes and issues. (W5a)
    3. Gender Studies Competency: Students will demonstrate knowledge of gender as a performative cultural construct and historical and present inequities between genders. (W5b)
    4. Environmental Literacy: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global and cultural perspectives on environmental problems. (W5a)
    5. Foreign Language Competency: Students will gain competency in a language other than English at the intermediate level or above.  (W1d)

  2. Skills : Students will be able to write, speak, research and think critically about complex global events and processes of globalization.
    1. Written Communication Skills: Students will develop writing skills and become effective writers, demonstrating the ability to compose essays that display a clear thesis and sound structure. (W1a/b)
    2. Oral Communication Skills: Students will successfully communicate orally, delivering effective oral presentations that demonstrate a clear thesis and sound structure, demonstrating an ability to express their ideas orally in a variety of contexts. (W1c)
    3. Research Skills: Students will conduct research, collaboratively or independently, using methods and tools that are appropriate to the variety of disciplines integrated in Global Studies, including the ability to propose an innovative thesis, display information literacy, and effectively integrate and nuance the ideas and theories of others with their own. (W3a/b)
    4. Critical Thinking Skills: Students will analyze, synthesize, and interpret texts, images and experiences, demonstrating quantitative literacy, innovation of thought and creation of theoretical or practical solutions to global problems. (W2c)

  3. Perspectives : Students will construct a positive approach toward cultural differences and a willingness to engage those differences, including the development of a commitment to diversity, equality, and ethical responsibility.
    1. Global Diversity: Students will experience a variety of diverse cultural constructs, fostering an appreciation for “diversity.” (W5a)
    2. Global Inequality: Students will develop the ability to situate discriminatory processes in the context of ongoing global issues. (W5b)
    3. Global Ethical Responsibility: Students will locate themselves as active members of the global community and recognize the ethical responsibilities that derive from their particular social locations. (W4b)


Department Contact

Amanda McMenamin, Ph.D.
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3233
amcmenamin@wilson.edu