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Assurance of Learning: B.A. in International Studies

Mission Statement: The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies program serves several functions: 1) it provides a systematized and integrated curriculum of study for students who want to major in international studies; 2) it provides a framework for those with other majors but desire more on an international focus ; 3) it helps integrate the study of international elements into existing academic departments as faculty develop new courses in their primary disciplines to serve both international studies students and their own majors, and; 4) it helps support other new initiatives at UB such as environmental studies with which it shares e-course offerings.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the B.A. in International Studies program:

  1. Students will be able to explain the major normative and theoretical approaches to the study of international relations.

  2. Students will be able to discuss the ways in which domestic political, social, and economic forces around the world shape foreign policy.

  3. Students will be able to evaluate how major global environmental, economic, social, and cultural factors impact political institutions and individuals.

  4. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the workings of international governmental, non-governmental, and business institutions.

  5. Students will be able to analyze important global and international events.

  6. Students will be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing about international affairs and other cultures.