Department Learning Goals

  1. To conceptualize globalization by understanding the dimensions and types of transnationalism, global interconnectivity, and global flow.
  2. To understand the key features of our globalized world by building a vocabulary of globalization­related concepts and terms.
  3. To understand the intellectual debates that lie at the center of globalization theories.
  4. To understand global flows of people, goods, knowledge, and culture from a historical perspective, and to understand how contemporary globalization is similar to and different from global flows of earlier eras.
  5. To understand the role and importance of the nation-state and the emerging importance of the international and/or non-governmental institutions.
  6. To understand how individuals, corporations and governments operate in global markets.
  7. To gain intercultural knowledge and be prepared to engage in cross-cultural encounters, and to know how to interpret the meaning of such cross-cultural encounters.
  8. To understand and use language as a window to other cultures, to be exposed to a multiplicity of the world's languages, and to become familiar with at least one that is not one's native tongue.
  9. To magnify the learning potential of study abroad through preparation before departure and through reflection and research after return to Gettysburg.
  10. To develop an interdisciplinary perspective on a particular global problem or process.
  11. To understand the impact of global processes on local lived realities, and vice-verse, by focusing on a particular region of the world. Through this the student can understand, concretely, how different people and places experience globalization.
  12. To acquire knowledge of global processes that can inform one's civic role and one's engagement with others on issues of global relevance at a variety of scales, from local to transnational.
  13. To develop skills in research, critical thinking, scholarly synthesis, and information literacy.
  14. To learn how to design and carry out independent research on a global issue.
  15. To engage in collaborative learning with other students on an array of globalization-related issues.