As technological innovations make the world an increasingly smaller place and as the forces of globalization make everyone in this world much more closely inter-connected, it is becoming increasingly important that students know more about the world in which they will have to live and work. We believe that this means not only knowing about the history and politics and cultures of other countries, it also means gaining competence in communicating with other peoples in their own languages and developing actual experience abroad in a foreign culture. The International Studies Major at Salisbury University seeks to provide students with a means to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully negotiate one’s way in this increasingly complex world.
The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to develop a broad course of study focusing on the contemporary world that is unconstrained by the boundaries of traditional academic departments. The program encourages students to view the world from a multitude of perspectives and to be broadly concerned with social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes, power relations, and linkages that connect individuals, communities, states and regions.
The major seeks to educate students in understanding the world outside the United States so that they can better serve as informed citizens in a democratic society and also as specialists and professionals in careers and pursuits spanning national boundaries.