The term "globalization" has become common jargon for describing the growing political integration and economic interdependence of the world's nations. The revolution in communication and IT, as well as the development of increasingly rapid transportation between nations, has quickened the globalization process.
Consequently, the once formidable barriers of physical distance, geography, and political borders are giving way to globally shared priorities and methods for dealing with problems. But the process of globalization need not inevitably give rise to a global culture. On the contrary, clusters of nations with shared cultural values will most likely persist well into the future. There is a natural human preference for retaining one unique cultural identity. At the same time, however, no nation will be able to stand alone in the "globalized" world.
Our Global Studies, GS, program aspires to equip students with the awareness, knowledge, and skills vital for success in the "globalized" world. The emphasis is upon problem solving, not the acquisition of specialized knowledge. This means developing "creative thinking" aimed at recognizing problems, developing realistic solutions, and effectively communicating with one's colleagues in a clear and sensitive manner in order to foster collaboration.
First, GS students will acquire a general knowledge of the human experience by taking courses in world history and culture. They will also be introduced to the concept of "liberal arts" and the various social sciences. Second, GS students will select to concentrate in one of three areas of studies: North America, East Asia, or Transnational Studies.
North American Studies focuses on the United States, Canada, and Mexico- their histories, political institutions and thought, and societies. East Asian Studies provides a broad acquaintance with that region of the world, specifically, China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, the Korean Peninsula, Mongolia, and Far East Russia. Transnational Studies enables students to take courses that bridge different regions of the world. The EU, NATO, and the UN, among other organizations, will be studied with focus upon regional cooperation, conflict resolution, and democratization.
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For students who are interested in studying about the world, a particular region, or a country, going abroad is an indispensable part of their academic experience, although it may seem daunting at first. With an all-English curriculum, small class sizes, and a balance of lecture and discussion courses, AIU offers a familiar environment to international students so that they will have the least trouble adjusting. Our s trength i s our a ctive and d iverse student body - many of our courses have at least 5-6 nationalities represented - that constantly provides each student with a welcoming environment.