We live today in an increasingly global community, one characterized by rapid, overlapping,
and complex flows of people, technologies, goods, money, and cultures across the world.
Countries and other actors in the international system have become interdependent
regardless of geography or nationality. Actions in one part of the world produce far-reaching
effects in far-flung places. It is therefore imperative for us to be able to think
globally and to locate our lives and experiences within this changing world. The International
and Global Studies (IGS) program takes on this task through its interdisciplinary
curriculum, co-curricular activities, on-campus events, and experiential learning
The International and Global Studies Program is designed for students who are interested
in studying the relationships between global problems and regional dynamics or experiences
from an interdisciplinary perspective. The IGS Program has three aims:
- Enrich students' comprehension and appreciation of the global human community through
the analysis of transnational or global phenomena;
- Enlighten students about the lived experiences of people who live across the globe,
but who are connected to each other through webs of history, power, communication,
and the moral integuments of a common humanity; and
- Encourage students to think hard, and through a variety of analytical lenses, about
the inter-connectedness of our fates across the globe, and about their own place in
a globalized world.
The IGS Program draws on courses from Art History, Business, Economics, English, Environmental
Studies, Languages and Cultures, Health, History, Music, Political Science, and Physics.
Within the IGS Program, faculty from these disciplines and departments teach courses
in Asian Studies and the newly developed International Relations and Global Development.
The IGS Program is committed to advancing the second language proficiency of IGS Majors
and Minors. In addition, it seeks to broaden the experiential horizons of IWU students
by encouraging our students to study abroad for a semester or a shorter May Term and by bringing international students and faculty/
scholars to our campus.
The program also participates in the Technos International Week through which we send two freshman or sophomore students to Japan cost free for two
weeks each spring. The Technos International College of Tokyo sponsors the visit of
groups from Bates, Carleton, Hobart and William, Smith, Hope, McKendree Colleges and
Illinois Wesleyan in addition to groups from New Zealand and England. The itinerary
includes a four-day program at Technos International College, tours of the City of
Tokyo, villages, countrysides and a mountain resort.