About Global and Intercultural Studies

enlarged photo of Chinese Festival participantsThe Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC) brings together 6 distinct but interrelated interdisciplinary programs and their associated fields and methods:

Together our programs foster critical self-awareness and engaged global citizenship that supports local diversity and respects individual dignity. Faculty and staff are committed to helping students develop the broad-based intellectual perspectives and the analytical skills necessary to understand, contextualize, and critically engage the opportunities and challenges of our diverse, changing, interdependent world.

Our courses examine global issues and intercultural experiences from a range of perspectives. We seek to promote broad-based, multidimensional, global and intercultural awareness focused on global frameworks and forces in the context of related socio-cultural issues such as:

  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • class

Our curricula examines the multi-directional movements of people, capital, resources, culture, ideas, and information across regional, national, and continental boundaries in both historical and contemporary contexts. We believe we can better imagine and shape our futures by understanding:

  • who we are
  • where we come from
  • how we belong
  • what opportunities we have
  • what boundaries we create and confront
  • what we can do in the world

We are committed to high-quality teaching, scholarship, and service to enhance students in their personal, civic, and professional roles and to connect faculty and students with constituents both across and outside the university. The department's governance is designed to help fulfill this mission by recognizing the importance of program autonomy and cross-program coordination and collaboration.