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Binghamton University’s Global Studies Minor

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Binghamton University’s Global Studies Minor

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  1. Binghamton University’s Global Studies Minor Presenter: H. Stephen Straight Professor of Anthropology & of Linguistics Senior Adviser for International Affairs straight@binghamton.edu

  2. Binghamton University’s Global Studies Minor Desired Learning Outcomes Problem, Need, and Solution Disciplinary Grounding in Anthropology The Global Studies Seminars

  3. Desired Learning Outcomes: Ability to … • Use a language other than English in fundamental contexts of intercultural communication. • Marshal knowledge of global diversity and commonality with respect to values, beliefs, and worldview. • Make generalizations about cross-cultural differences in perspective with minimal oversimplification or stereotyping. • Relate one’s globally-oriented coursework, language courses, study-abroad experiences, and related studies to overall educational, career, and personal goals.

  4. Problem, Need, and Solution Problem: Students receiving Binghamton’s International Studies Certificate were not achieving the desired learning outcomes. Need: Substantive, credit-bearing pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry “intervention” Solution: A Global Studies Minor, with increased course requirements , including GLST seminars

  5. Disciplinary Grounding in Anthropology • Social-science methodology • most notably ethnographic participant-observation • Humanistic breadth • emphasis on language and culture • Multidisciplinary inclusivity • focus on interaction between history and physical factors in the development of different ways of life

  6. The Global Studies Seminars • GLST 394: The Study Abroad Experience • 1-credit online course, taken in Winter or Summer Session • Completed during program abroad, however short or long • All of the assignments involve peer-to-peer interaction. • Emphasizes activities that engage and explore the study-abroad site. • GLST 490: The Global Studies Capstone • 2 credits, taken in the semester after return from study abroad • Meets 1.5 hours per week all semester • Half of the work consists of discussion of topics taken up in 394. • Other half consists of a summative capstone project .

  7. Binghamton University’s Global Studies Minor Presenter: H. Stephen Straight Professor of Anthropology & of Linguistics Senior Adviser for International Affairs straight@binghamton.edu