International and Global Studies

Coordinator: Associate Professor Swimelar

Associate Coordinator: Assistant Professor Kesgin

The International and Global Studies Program at Elon University provides an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of global issues and globalization more generally. Students will gain a broad knowledge of international and global affairs as well as proficiency in one of the world’s regions (Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa).  In addition, a semester study abroad experience and foreign language proficiency aim to strengthen students’ intercultural competency. The program prepares students to examine their own lives as a part of ongoing, dynamic global processes and aims to foster a spirit of respect and appreciation for other peoples and cultures.

The International and Global Studies program prepares students for public and private sector employment in areas such as international and global affairs, government, non-governmental organizations, international travel, and business, as well as graduate and professional studies with a global or international focus.  The major may form an attractive double major for students from a variety of disciplines, such as political science, history, and world languages and cultures. It also can be effectively combined with many minors.

International and Global Studies majors are required to study abroad for a semester. This requirement is designed to provide students with an in-depth, cross-cultural experience while encouraging them to strengthen their world language abilities.* Students should choose an area relevant to their regional concentrations (see below).  Winter Term study abroad programs offer valuable international experiences and the courses can be counted within the major, but they will not satisfy the semester requirement. International (foreign) students satisfy the requirement through their studies at Elon. Under specific provisions of the major and with the program coordinator’s approval, up to 20 semester hours of study abroad coursework can be counted toward the major. Students should plan accordingly and be aware that most study abroad programs require a 2.5 minimum GPA.

*Students can apply for merit and need-based scholarships for studying abroad through the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

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