*It is advisable that majors meet with the International & Global Studies Program
Director to choose courses in their areas of concentration.
The new International & Global Studies (IGS) major requires a third semester of language proficiency, and encourages students to pursue their language
studies beyond the required proficiency level.
IGS majors should be advised to begin their study in the second language of their
choice during their first year. See the current Program of Classes in myiwu for second
Although study abroad is not required for International & Global Studies (IGS) majors
and minors, it is highly recommended. The Study Abroad Office offers a variety of
semester, short-term, and exchange study abroad programs that you can choose from.
Visit the Study Abroad Office, talk to the director about options, and discuss your plans with your academic advisor.
All students interested in IGS, especially those interested in Asian Studies, should
consider applying for the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program during the summer of their Sophomore or Junior year.
IGS is an interdisciplinary program; you will be taking 100 and 200-level classes
in a variety of disciplines and programs across campus. By choosing to major or minor
in IGS you will be also fulfilling the IWU Shared Curriculum requirements along the
Students majoring in IGS are required to take INST 240 Thinking Globally: An Introduction
in the spring semester of their first year, and INST 488 Senior Seminar in the fall
semester of their senior year.
The IGS program offers major concentrations and minors in two areas: Asian Studies, and International Relations and Global Development. IGS majors and minors are strongly encouraged to discuss their course plans with
the IGS Director and their academic advisor during fall semester of their first year.
If you are interested in the International Relations and Global Development concentration,
you should consider taking ECON 100 (CSI) in your first year, since this is a prerequisite
for many upper division elective courses in IGS.