Cultural Encounters

Cultural Encounters

In this FIG comprised of GLBL 101 and ITAL 101, you will explore new perspectives that will help you become a global citizen. In GLBL 101, you will identify various issues that face the peoples of the World, how they mitigate those issues, and how the members of a global community might work together to address them. In ITAL 101, you will learn how to communicate in a new language and culture. We hope that this FIG will strengthen your ability to look at different aspects of culture, language, society, and politics through a creative and critical lens. You will explore how these factors shape our identities and outline privileges and challenges people may face to help us inform the decisions we make as contributing members of society on a local and global scale. In the UGST component of this FIG you will create a strong community of learners, reflect on your growth as a learner, and have fun cooking a simple Italian meal, interacting with other Italian and Global Studies professors and students. 

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

ITAL 101 First Year Italian - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Italian 101 is the first in a series of Italian Courses and is designed for students who have no previous Italian instruction. The course emphasizes oral communication and listening comprehension in a culturally authentic context. Students will be exposed to simple Italian texts in order to develop strong reading skills. Students will also work on writing skills, starting with short compositions and building up to longer ones. The course will be conducted almost exclusively in Italian, and all students will be expected to participate actively using the language skills they are acquiring.

GLBL 101 Intro to International Issues - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Hunger, intellectual property, global warming, arms trade, water rights, civil war, genocide, education, global financial inequities, and immigration: a few examples of the challenges we face in a highly globalized word. Develop a fundamental knowledge about several international issues, critically examine how these issues are presented by stakeholders, and consider creative attempts to solve these problems.