It is the mission of the CIS Department to develop competent professionals for international service through training and service learning opportunities in cross-cultural studies, world arts, linguistics, and any other international service specializations developed by or assigned to the department for implementation.
The degree program minors for the GIAL degree program reflect the desire of students for some specialized education as part of their undergraduate experience.
- The minor in Linguistics consists of courses designed to provide students with the foundational education necessary to learn minority languages and to develop written material in and about those languages. The program deals with principles basic to all languages and cultures around the world preparing the graduate to learn and work in any language even though it may be unwritten and undescribed. This minor will also satisfy all undergraduate prerequisites for all majors of GIAL’s Master of Arts degree.
- The minor in World Arts provides a practical and theoretical foundation for students to work alongside practitioners of local artistic genres. Students will learn to explore expressive culture and spark creations with local artists to respond to community needs.This minor satisfies all undergraduate prerequisites for GIAL’s Master of Arts with a major in World Arts.
- The minor in Cross-cultural service will equip students to effectively serve across language and culture barriers. This minor supports the basic education provided by the major by providing the graduate with more in-depth studies for cross-cultural and/or international service regardless of the area of interest or assignment – applied linguistics, cultural studies or the development of languages. Completion of this minor will satisfy all undergraduate prerequisites for some of GIAL’s Master of Arts majors including World Arts and several Language and Culture Studies concentrations.