The International and Global Studies Program at Elon University provides an interdisciplinary approach to the critical study of global issues and globalization more generally. Students will gain a broad knowledge of international and global affairs as well as proficiency in one of the world’s regions (Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa). In addition, a semester study abroad experience and foreign language proficiency aim to strengthen students’ intercultural competency. The program prepares students to examine their own lives as a part of ongoing, dynamic global processes and aims to foster a spirit of respect and appreciation for other peoples and cultures.
The International and Global Studies program prepares students for public and private sector employment in areas such as international and global affairs, government, non-governmental organizations, international travel, and business, as well as graduate and professional studies with a global or international focus. The major may form an attractive double major for students from a variety of disciplines, such as political science, history, and world languages and cultures. It also can be effectively combined with many minors.
Shariq Ali ’20, Ashley Jutras ’20 and Styrling Rohr ’19 have received Critical Language Scholarships from the federal government to study foreign languages deemed critical to U.S. diplomacy and outreach.
Baris Kesgin’s recent publication looks into how political leaders attend to different audiences in their foreign policy statements. Kesgin’s paper “Turkey’s Erdogan: leadership style and foreign policy audiences,” is published in Turkish Studies, an international, peer-reviewed journal.
A redesigned top section of pages on the Elon website includes a new link that highlights the university’s emphasis on global engagement.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Baris Kesgin’s recent research is based on the premise that when leaders depart from their long-held, publicly known policy positions, one possible explanation is changes in their personality. Kesgin puts this assumption to test in the case of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August 2005.
Winter Term 2019 will offer students a broad array of opportunities to explore these themes throughout the next month.