The Program Committee
Our Program Committee is an interdisciplinary group charged with decision-making and teaching required courses for the major. We deal with the curriculum, hiring, student advising, study abroad, and comprehensive exams. For more information on the program, please contact the Program Committee: Donna F. Murdock (Chair), Yasmeen Mohiuddin, Don Rung, Ruth Sánchez-Imizcoz, Scott Wilson, Reinhard Zachau, Roger Levine, Betsy Sandlin, Mila Dragojevic, Nicholas Roberts, and Rohan Kalyan. You may find more information about each of these faculty members on our faculty page.
Faculty Teaching Required Courses for the Major
Professor Scott Wilson (Political Science) teaches INGS 200, Assistant Professor Mila Dragojevic (Political Science) teaches INGS 400, Associate Professor Murdock (IGS Chair, Anthropology and Women's Studies) teaches INGS 400, and Assistant Professor Rohan Kalyan (IGS) teaches INGS 400.
Declaring the Major
Students interested in pursuing the International and Global Studies major should speak with a professor who teaches for the program or who is a member of the program committee. The IGS chair is also a good source for information if you have questions about the major. Students typically decide in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Once the decision has been made, students will need to choose an advisor appropriate to their planned course of study, fill out the Major Declaration Form, and get both the new advisor and the IGS Chair to sign it before turning it into the Registrar's office.
Planned Course of Study: Students determine in consultation with their advisor and the chair their planned course of study in the major. This should include discussion not only of planned areas of focus, but also the abroad experiences, language training, and possible minor course of study that make the most sense for that student. Keeping the coherence of the educational experience in mind is especially important in IGS as both the senior thesis (written in INGS 400), and the comprehensive exams, depend upon it. Once the course of study has been decided, the student should fill out a Planned Course of Study form, sign it, and give a copy to both their advisor and the IGS Chair. The planned program of study may be subject to change as the student progresses through the major, and should be reviewed with the advisor and chair should this occur
The Abroad Experience
An abroad experience is required by the IGS major because we believe that students who travel to work and/or study abroad are better prepared to live in a globalizing world. Studies have shown that students who have had a successful abroad experience tend to be more confident in new and unfamiliar settings, and also are better able to communicate and work with others who are different from themselves. Whether traveling to study, for an internship, or to do research, the benefits of immersion in a distinct cultural setting are broad-ranging. Students who have traveled know that independence, willingness to experience new surroundings and try unfamiliar things, as well as acknowledgement of and respect for diverse perspectives and opinions, are all central to the successful abroad experience. We believe these are also key contributors to the successful navigation of our world in the future.
There are many study abroad programs available to Sewanee students. There are a few Sewanee-run semester and summer programs that are especially suited for the IGS major. For a full listing, please visit the Study Abroad Office. The ideal abroad experience for an IGS major is one that combines language learning with cultural immersion while relating to course work taken while at Sewanee. Many IGS majors have multiple abroad experiences during their time here—most often combining a semester study abroad with a summer internship or research program. Students are encouraged to think deeply about the study abroad experiences they choose as an abroad experience will provide the basis for the senior thesis written in INGS 400, and for Honors in IGS should the student be eligible. All abroad experiences must be approved by the student's advisor and the chair.
You will have to fill out forms for the Study Abroad office and these must also be signed by the IGS Chair. You must also fill out a separate form seeking permission to use abroad courses from the IGS major for the IGS program. This form is also signed by your adviser and the IGS chair.
Exceptions to the requirement for experience abroad under conditions of hardship may be granted through the mechanism of a written petition to opt out, considered by the chair in consultation with the program committee and the student's advisor.
Students seeking portability of financial aid for their abroad experience must follow the procedures outlined by the Financial Aid Office.
Language-learning skills facilitate students' participation in a globalized world, and for this reason, all IGS majors must take one foreign language course in addition to the usual 300-level course required for General Education in the college. This course may be at the 300 or 400 level in the same foreign language, or may be at any level in another language. If a second foreign language is proposed, the student must gain approval of the advisor and the chair. Whether students do their additional language study at Sewanee, or pursue language study abroad depends on the availability of pertinent language study here, and a student's own interests.
In some cases, students will take one of their eight distributed electives in a foreign language here at Sewanee. This is especially likely for those students focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, Russia and Eurasia, and Europe as our German, French, Spanish and Russian departments all teach for the IGS program. However, some students may elect to simply start a second language while at Sewanee, and any course taken in a language different from that used to fulfill the Gen Ed will meet this requirement.
Other students will choose to undertake language learning while abroad, and this is the ideal situation as it allows the opportunity to immerse oneself both linguistically and culturally in a different setting. Combined language learning and content-based courses are very common among study abroad programs including those offered through Sewanee as well as through other programs.
There are also summer language learning programs offered through Sewanee, and at other schools. These may or may not involve cultural immersion, but in most cases do involve very intensive language learning. Summer intensive programs offered through Concordia Language Villages, Middlebury, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the University of Texas at Austin are all good places to start.
Sewanee has several language tables where students and faculty can practice speaking with each other. The French Table meets noon to 1pm every Monday in McClurg. The German table meets every Monday noon to 1 pm on the balcony in McClurg. The Japanese table meets every Friday from noon to 1pm on McClurg's second floor. The Spanish table meets every Wednesday from noon to 1:30pm in McClurg's Refectory, last alcove on the left with the long table. The Swahili table meets every Tuesday from noon to 1pm upstairs in McClurg. The Russian table meets every Wednesday from noon to 1pm on McClurg's balcony.
All IGS majors write a senior thesis in their INGS 400 Senior Seminar taken in the fall semester of their senior year. This paper is based primarily on library research although it is possible to use data gathered during an abroad experience as appropriate. You should view this work as an opportunity to research something that has provoked your curiosity either as a result of coursework or your abroad experience; ideally, it will be a reasonable outgrowth of both. In addition to the seminar instructor, each student will also have a second reader of their paper with whom they will be expected to consult regularly.
Students who meet the following conditions receive honors in the major: 1) a grade point average in the major of at least 3.5; 2) a grade of distinction on the senior seminar paper; and 3) distinction on the comprehensive examination.
Each student takes a comprehensive examination in the second semester of their senior year. Senior IGS majors will be asked by the IGS Chair to fill out a comprehensive exam information sheet just after registration for Spring classes. An information session will be held in the late Fall semester, and again early in the Spring semester to help students prepare for the comprehensive exam, which is given during the second comprehensive exam period, typically the week just after Spring Break.
Students who joined the major prior to the curricular changes finalized in May 2011 have a comprehensive examination that consists of three questions. The broad question is the same for all students and is based on materials learned in INGS 200 and INGS 400. Each student also answers two questions specific to their major track.
Students who declared in 2011 and elected to follow the new curriculum, as well as all students declaring after 2011 have a different comprehensive exam. This exam is broadly integrative, consisting of two questions that require students to synthesize knowledge gained from all courses taken for the major. The first question, answered by all IGS majors, addresses themes and concepts in globalization learned in INGS 200 and 400. The second question is an integrative question about students' eight elective courses and is written and graded by faculty associated with students' thematic and geographic sub-categories of focus.
Many IGS majors use at least one of their summers to complete an internship. A number of majors report that the summer internship was invaluable in terms of deciding about future career paths, gaining experience and making valuable connections that ultimately led to employment.
There are a number of professional organizations which deal with globalization; below you will find a sampling of some of the most prominent. You can find information about grants, conferences, and recent publications on these sites:
- Global Studies Consortium. Graduate study programs.
- Global Studies Foundation. Grants for international study and research.
- Global Studies. An international conference, a scholarly journal, a book series, and an online knowledge community.
- Global Studies Association of North America. Educational programs that focus on globalization.
Many scholarly journals today cover the topic of globalization. Below you will find a sampling of journals that deal in their entirety with this issue.
- Global Networks
- Journal of Global Ethics
- Journal of World Systems Research
- New Global Studies
- The Global Studies Journal
- Encounters: an International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society