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SIS Department International Studies Program Objectives

(modified 26 March 2007)

To meet the educational needs of the students and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed in a global environment. Students should be well versed in the background and issues of the international community, linguistic skills, and the requirements of a global work environment.

1. To provide graduates with the methodological skills, both quantitative and qualitative, to conduct research and analysis and effectively communicate the results of their research.

2. To provide graduates with a thorough grounding in both national and international issues and their historical backgrounds, whether of a political, economic, or social nature.

3. To provide graduates with the ability to communicate effectively on a novice level in a second language, and an understanding of the importance of language and culture in all areas of relationship and human endeavor.

4. To provide graduates with the skills necessary to work effectively in an environment that requires cross-cultural competence.

5. To provide graduates with the professional competence and the personal confidence to operate effectively in the workplace or in graduate school and to build international cooperation and understanding.