Broaden your world view with Global Studies at Inver Hills Community College
Global Studies

Social media, climate change, global news networks, the Internet, jet travel, shared resources, diminishing wild places, international commerce and ever-evolving technology make our world increasingly smaller. Because our shrinking planet combines different cultures, beliefs and value systems on a daily basis, people must find ways to work and live together effectively.

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Modern society demands a new type of international affairs professional who can not only make sense of complex world issues, but can also work to facilitate more understanding and collaboration between different peoples and countries.

The Global Studies department at Inver Hills strives to give you the tools and knowledge you need to comprehend the dynamic forces that shape human lives and systems around the world. Our coursework exposes you to a wide variety of belief systems and perspectives, teaching you to become a global thinker. You will come away with the skills you need to incorporate global studies into your life in practical ways.

Global Studies also prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue an interest in international business, international affairs, international studies, studying abroad, or a career field such as health care or law enforcement that requires the ability to acknowledge and engage diversity in action.

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GS 2250  Topics in Global Studies   3.0 cr

Examines a variety of areas in global studies, with curriculum tailored to meet the needs of companies, organizations, or individuals enrolling in course. Topics that can be covered span language, culture, economics, foreign relations, law, commerce, investment, corporate relations, business ethics, and cross-cultural conflict. Some specific objectives include mitigating cross-cultural conflict and fashioning everyday protocols for interacting in different cultures. This course may be repeated under different topics.

GS 2290  International Experience with Travel   cr

Is designed to give students exposure to and experience with a culture other than U.S. American. Students will study a designated topic from a global perspective. The course requires participating in the travel abroad component of the course. This course may be repeated.

GS 2291  International Experience   cr

Is designed to give students exposure to and experience with a culture other than U.S. American. Students will study a designated topic from a global perspective. This course may be repeated.

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Purpose: Have international and multicultural students interact with students of diverse cultural backgrounds at Inver Hills and raise awareness of the rich, diverse cultures of their countries of origin.

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Skills that count

By pursuing a world perspective through global studies, you will build a powerful skill set that will serve you well in any workplace setting. Global studies students have exceptional competence in the following areas:

  • Researching, sourcing and examining information
  • Critical thinking
  • Analyzing evidence
  • Constructing coherent arguments
  • Writing and public-speaking
  • Intellectual independence
  • Teamwork
  • Open-mindedness
  • Adapting to new circumstances
  • Cultural diversity

Your future with global studies

Global studies majors can pursue careers in any number of fields, including:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government service
  • NGOs
  • Commerce
  • Politics
  • Diplomacy
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Music
  • Film

Even if you don't major in global studies, you will discover that your knowledge of world cultures, government systems and international trade adds tremendous value to a liberal arts education. You will grow personally and professionally through your study of intercultural affairs as you harness your awareness of global empathy and collaboration.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Global Studies course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Global Studies faculty
  2. You will benefit from small class sizes while developing a strong foundation as a global thinker and facilitator
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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