Regents Approve New Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 18, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new degree program – a bachelor of arts in global studies.

Students seeking the degree may pursue one of five options: Hispanic, Francophone, Germanic, Japanese and Chinese.

Dr. Jane Stephens, Southeast provost, says the new program supports the University’s commitment to globalization of the curriculum.

Students in the program will study language, history, culture and politics of the international area they choose to pursue. Students also will be required to complete a common core of courses designed to give them the knowledge and skills to understand global issues. Students can use the program as a second or stand-alone major, she said.

“The Global Studies program gives students the opportunity to enhance their current academic program with an international global emphasis,” Stephen said.

The program will encourage students to expand their international awareness by providing them with national and global exposure to their career field, she said. Language courses in the program will provide linguistic and cultural exposure to the students as well as provide study abroad and international internship opportunities, she said.