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Department of Global and Intercultural Studies

Where Do You Want To Go?

The Department of Global and Intercultural Studies can take you into almost any career path, anywhere in the world, in fields as diverse as research, education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, human relations, non-profit management, marketing, or publishing.

Our Programs

The Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC) brings together 6 distinct but interrelated interdisciplinary programs and their associated fields and methods. 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 through understanding.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) major and minor foster the critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in an increasingly interconnected world.

International Studies

The International Studies (ITS) major is at its heart an interdisciplinary approach to studying the world.

Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies

The Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies (LAS) major and minor explore Latin American and Caribbean cultures, economies, social and political systems, literature, art, music, history, and geography across the hemisphere.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) offers a major and minor that investigate how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality.

WGS Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is a 12-14 hour program available to graduate students in any field of study across the university.

Its purpose is to enhance a disciplinary graduate degree with a specialization in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students in this program explore the influence of gender and other social differences on the production and dissemination of knowledge.

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Our Mission

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. 

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.

Give to the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies

Help us prepare the next generation of leaders and global citizens. We have numerous scholarships, grants, and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.