Cross-Cultural Studies Concentration Overview

Director: Scott Carpenter

Committee Members (faculty): Roger Jackson, Kathryn Sparling, Sigi Leonhard, Scott Carpenter, Arjendu Pattanayak, Noboru Tomonari, Cliff Clark, Éva Pósfay.

The concentration brings together international students and students from the U.S. who have cross-cultural experience to address and explore regional and global issues in team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars in a comparative framework.

It is designed to help students who are studying a particular area of the world or a discipline with an international focus (e.g., majors in area studies, languages, history, economics, political science, literature, anthropology, religion, etc.) to place that area or discipline in a broader, cross-cultural context by seeing how it participates in and is influenced by trans-national, sometimes global dynamics and problems.

The objectives of this concentration are:

  • To enable students to come to a sharper understanding of their own and other societies by making comparisons explicit.
  • To increase students' intercultural competencies and produce graduates who are able to participate in a global society and work in an increasingly multicultural and global workforce.
  • To provide a forum for studying problems and issues such as pollution, disease, and human rights that cut across traditional national or cultural boundaries and that tend to be excluded in traditional disciplines or area studies.
  • To create an arena for faculty whose work focuses on different parts of the world to address common issues and problems in a comparative, collaborative framework.

See the requirements for the concentration.