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Environmental Studies: New Major, Real-world Research

One of our first interdisciplinary programs gets its own stand-alone major

Global Vision:
A new major is rather worldly

Home and Away: Adirondack Semester
Our newest off-campus program is our nearest

Field Days: Integrated Science Education Initiative
Redefining how we teach the sciences

University Fellows Program
Student-professor partnerships open new horizons in learning

Alumni Accomplishments

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Global Vision
The new global studies program is more than the sum of its parts
By Macreena A. Doyle

For students in a new academic program at St. Lawrence, the world will not only be a classroom, but the substance of what they study in classrooms as well.

Beginning this fall, global studies joins the curriculum as a major program, with a goal of teaching students to analyze comparatively the impact of global processes on specific phenomena connected with, across and between geographical areas. While it will serve as an "umbrella" for University programs in African, European, Asian, Canadian and Latin American/Caribbean studies, it will also be a stand-alone, interdisciplinary program with its own faculty and core courses. Study-abroad programs and issues of diversity are also incorporated.

An article by program directors Grant Cornwell '79, philosophy, and Eve Stoddard, English, in Diversity Digest, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, explained it this way. "Students examine how similarities and differences in these larger contexts affect human actions and beliefs in two or more geographic areas. Students compare the ways particular states, cultures, economies, or ecologies are interconnected in larger global systems."

The program emerged from a series of grants in international education and intercultural studies that the University was awarded over the past decade. Those grants enabled faculty to explore the variety of ways that societies, cultures and development may be studied. One result of this study was the conclusion that "area" studies may not be enough in the contemporary world of global economies, changing geographical boundaries and ethnic migrations -- a program that emphasizes comparative study was needed.