The Center for Global Studies is located on the 2nd floor of the Race Building.
The center oversees all aspects of international education for the college and is designed to promote a global perspective throughout the college community. Although the college has had a long history of international engagement, the current structure of the center represents a reenergizing of the commitment to internationalize the campus, including a greater centralization of international programs.
Intensive English Language Program
The center is establishing this program to provide ESL and language training to foreign and domestic students interested in improving their English skills to prepare for college classes or work in the English-speaking business world. For more information and to apply, please visit this site: bennett.edu/ielp
Global Studies Minor and Certificate Program
The minor and the certificate in global studies are designed to provide an interdisciplinary and global perspective on the arts, the humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics. They are both flexible programs that are designed to complement majors and minors across the college. The minor requires 18 credit hours; in addition, the certificate requires a capstone project, such as a significant experience or course of study in another country, a substantive research paper, and a public presentation of the paper.
Bennett students are offered an opportunity to study abroad in a wide range of locations through a variety of program providers. Bennett received a three-year grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support several study abroad activities. These activities were centered in Salzburg, Austria; Venezuela; and Costa Rica. New opportunities for study and travel abroad are presented to the college regularly.
The center is a resource to faculty and staff who are traveling abroad and to visiting international faculty. An area of focus this academic year is to assist faculty who are interested in developing a course with a study abroad component. Culture courses and other enrichment activities will be scheduled throughout the year related to this aspect of the Center’s work.
We have two Foreign Language Teaching Assistants joining us this year: James Mwangi from Kenya, teaching Kiswahili and Imen Shel from Tunisia, teaching Arabic. Jingchen Li is from China and is teaching Chinese through Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX).
The center is working with the Office of Admissions to develop additional strategies for recruiting international students. This year, through the continued support of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD), Bennett is hosting Vanessa King from Pakistan.
We are participating in the U.S. State Department’s push to dramatically increase the number of Americans learning what it deems “critical need” and “less commonly taught” languages.
We have established a Rosetta Stone language laboratory in the center. Students, faculty and staff may study Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Other International Organizations, Conferences and Programs
Each year, the center coordinates a campus wide program during International Education Week. The dates for 2016 are November 14-18. A full schedule of activities will be offered during the week.
• We continue to move forward with programming through our chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, which was established at the college in 2008, and with the Salzburg Global Seminar and their work on the Mellon-Global Citizenship Program.
• We will also participate in several conferences and workshops throughout the year which are designed to provide networking opportunities and professional development specifically focused on international programs (e.g., NAFSA, North Carolina International Leadership Conference for Students) as a means of ensuring that Bennett remains on the cutting edge in the areas of global studies and internationalization.
For further information on programs of the center, please contact:
Lee Todhunter, MA
Director, Center for Global Studies