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Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program takes advantage of Carleton’s strengths and location to provide an undergraduate education in global and international issues that can give you an advantage in today’s job market. The program has four interconnected components. The core course sequence provides all students with a common multidisciplinary foundation in global and international studies. The 13 specializations cover specific international and global themes or geographical areas, giving you the opportunity to focus your studies according to your interests. A second-language requirement and an international experience requirement are included so that you can graduate not only with new knowledge and skills, but also an expanded worldview.
The BGInS program draws upon the two distinct but interrelated concepts of the “international” and the “global.” Scholars with an international focus tend to look at the world in and through the state. They address issues relating to politics, the international state system, and associated issues of sovereignty, anarchy and order. Scholars with global focus look primarily at the shifting meanings of identity and belonging, especially in the face of the many changes wrought by globalization. They look at the world outside and beyond the state, while problematizing the distinction of state and society in multiple ways.
The BGInS program is the first in Canada to emphasize both global and international approaches to the study of the world. It places these two viewpoints in creative tension with each other, allowing students to acquire a nuanced and multidisciplinary understanding of the world in which we live.