Points of Pride
When UIS made some changes to the general education curriculum several years ago, it opened the door for the addition of a new major focused on global awareness. The implementation of a Global Studies major matches the direction that is occurring in global and international studies programs across the country. Since 2009 we have offered the Global Studies Major (including double majors with several other programs on campus), in addition to continuing to offer the minor in International Studies. Recent graduates have double-majored in Global Studies and Political Science; another double-majored in Global Studies and Social Work.
Opportunities for International StudyResearch shows that international experience makes people more flexible, creative and complex thinkers–skills employers are looking for! (Maddux et al, 2010, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 36 no. 6 731-741).
China Faculty Exchange with University of Heilongjiang
The Global Studies Program coordinates the UIS/University of Heilongjiang Faculty Exchange Program. The program is the oldest such program at UIS, having been established in 1983. Every year a faculty member from the School of Western Studies at the University of Heilongjiang spends a year at UIS, taking classes, presenting lectures, and engaging in research. In turn, UIS send a UIS China Faculty Exchange Fellow to Harbin, China (home of University of Heilongjiang) . UIS Faculty present lectures to Chinese classes, learn about Chinese culture, and expand on their research interests.