Emphasis on Study Abroad
The Social Science Department strongly encourages its majors to spend a portion of their educational experience, usually one semester, studying abroad. The Department also encourages experiential learning through travel in faculty-sponsored trips, such as those led by Dr. Strokanov.
Our department has increased the number of fieldwork sites abroad. Students travel to Kenya, Mexico, Egypt, China, India, Europe, Australia, and Russia. In each of our courses, there is a multicultural instruction component, which requires each faculty member to integrate diversity in the classroom.
Students will be able to meet guest speakers from foreign countries and/or diplomats and scientists who’ve worked overseas, who will explain their experiences and areas of expertise to the students face-to-face. We’ve also expanded our internship program to include work study opportunities involving topics related to the goals of global awareness and diversity, such as the internship established at the Burlington Refugee Association, the United Nations, and the Healing Hands for Haiti humanitarian project.
Graduates of the Global Studies concentration will be able to:
- utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze socio-cultural phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior;
- conduct original research using critical thinking and social science research methodologies, develop a thesis, and, using appropriate computer and analytical skills, interpret the results of one’s research into a written monograph that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s);
- present their research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation;
- develop an understanding of the history and culture of various regions around the world in finding solutions to current global problems
- demonstrate ability to enhance their global awareness by gaining knowledge in a foreign language, observing a culture different from their native culture, or exhibiting completed works on issues related to globalization
Lyndon State College maintains affiliation with four study abroad agencies: AIFS, CIS, ISA and GlobaLinks. Please see their websites for details about their programs.
Lyndon State College is affiliated with those four agencies, but they are not the limit of what is available. The College’s Coordinator of Study Abroad is eager to work with students to find the perfect program for them.
Dr. Paul Searls, Coordinator of Study Abroad
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