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International Studies

The end of the Cold War and the rise of globalization has increased interdependence among nations and blurred the traditional boundaries between domestic and international affairs.  There is scarcely an important segment of national , or for that matter, personal life that can be isolated from developments in the rest of the world.  International competence, the ability to respond intelligently to what goes on abroad and to communicate effectively across cultural barriers, is at a premium in almost every profession.  The International Studies Program at Manhattanville responds to this need of our globally interdependent world.  It combines study in the disciplines of economics, political science and history with the insights of sociology and psychology and adds the dimension of comparative literature and culture.  Good communications skills in English and at least one foreign language help to produce graduates who aspire to careers in government, business, international organizations, journalism, academic life and other professions.


INS Learning Goals

  • Acquire basic knowledge of the political, economic and cultural aspects of global issues
  • Acquire knowledge of the interrelationship of political, economic and cultural aspects of global issues. Develop ability to identify the current pressing issues and their interdisciplinary components. Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to specific problems

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of a specific geographical area or global issue

  • Develop competence in speaking and writing in at least one modern world language besides English, as well as a level of awareness of the historical contributions and current socio-cultural issues of the ethnic groups speaking this language. Grasp how this cultural group comprehends itself, rather than simply how it is perceived by outsiders.

  •  Acquire and demonstrate critical-analytical thinking skills and express these in writing and oral communication that is both objective and persuasive. This includes the ability to define a specific problem, research and appreciate its larger context, and discuss it persuasively, but without distorting bias.

  • Develop a sense of the ethical challenges of global disparities, with a concern for social justice and world peace.

  • Develop students’ ability to relate their classroom learning regarding global issues to the real world.