The International Affairs program has identified 5 learning outcomes, which we consider essential to our International Affairs majors, and which form the backbone of our full curriculum review and revision process every five years. These are:
- Explain global affairs and international issues since the early 20th century through diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of: (1) Interstate relations: conflict, cooperation, hierarchies; (2) Civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; and (3) State-society relations: democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship.
- Apply skills gained in coursework, such as language proficiency, cultural competence, and regional expertise, in new and authentic contexts, including Dialogues of Civilization, co-ops, internships, and/or study abroad.
- Develop research skills by writing a research paper that has: (1) posed research questions based on appropriate primary and secondary sources and; (2) applied and interpreted data to draw conclusions.
- Critically analyze and compare: (1) relevant texts and other media and; (2) evidence, arguments, and competing paradigms/theories.
- Challenge assumptions and values that underlie claims about international affairs (the interstate system, state-society relations, civil society, cultures and human rights, etc.).
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