Beginning next fall Shippensburg University will offer students the skills needed to be successful in the global economy.
The program, which was approved April 11 by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, will allow the university to expand its current international studies program into a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies. It will provide graduates with the skills to meet the challenges of an ever-changing, globally connected and interdependent world; and to meet Pennsylvania’s demand for workers capable of negotiating the links between the Commonwealth and the global economy.
The program will include area studies, global studies, foreign language and study abroad/internship requirements. Over the past decade, the international studies minor has been one of Shippensburg’s fastest growing academic programs, increasing from 14 students in fall 2001 to 92 in Spring 2012.
The program builds upon Shippensburg’s current international studies minor and its more than 120 interdisciplinary offerings of international studies courses to meet the needs of existing students seeking greater curricular opportunities in international studies. Transfer students and veterans returning to college, especially those with international experiences, will be able to build upon their prior learning.