Academic Programs with a Global Focus
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Arcadia University is our commitment to internationalization. We believe that only by understanding the interrelationships among the peoples of the world can we prepare students for life in a rapidly changing global society. Therefore, Arcadia continually moves toward comprehensive internationalization, capitalizing on new opportunities and building on the foundations of our historical international connections. Below are just a few of the ways we educate with a global perspective and prepare students for their careers and lives in the complex world of the 21st century. Majors Abroad Programs (MAP) require a year (two semesters) of study abroad.
The Global Legal Studies major focuses on developing skills useful in the study and practice of law, understanding substantive areas of law and legal reasoning, and exploring the place of law in both the United States and other societies. Global Legal Studies is designed to provide undergraduate students with individual courses and study abroad experience that will enable them to better understand both U.S. and world legal issues. It is designed for students who are interested in careers in law and/or international relations.
Global Media (a Majors Abroad Program)
This undergraduate Communications program combines theory with practice, global learning with problem-solving and opportunities with challenges. Students think, reflect and produce creatively and analytically. The program emphasizes writing, visual thinking and speech communication/presentation. The program also emphasizes portfolio development, global perspectives in studying media, and personal attention in academic and career planning. This program requires one year of study abroad in the Creative Industries program at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
The Bachelor of Arts in focuses on four goals:
- Provide students with an international perspective.
- Offer students functional business skills, knowledge and abilities to effectively operate in an international environment.
- Give students background in a foreign language and an understanding of other cultures to facilitate their ability to adapt internationally.
- Combine these areas by having students participate in international activities through study abroad and international internships or Cooperative Education experiences.
This interdisciplinary Master of Arts is designed to produce graduates who are well-prepared for mid-level positions in intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs) based primarily in the United States and Europe. Academic programs in peace studies and conflict resolution, a growing international field, are interdisciplinary in nature and encompass perspectives from anthropology, biology, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.
This Master of Arts degree program is offered through a partnership between Arcadia University and the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) in Paris, France. Students are provided with the knowledge, analytical skills and observational experience required for high-level careers in international affairs.
The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides students with the opportunity to gather knowledge of the interrelations among nations and peoples through interdisciplinary courses from the areas of economics, history, politics, literature and cultural anthropology. Two important aspects of the program include the development of competency in a language other than English and study abroad, where students can pursue advanced study in a country’s language as well as its culture.
This accelerated Master of Business Administration is a leadership development program focused on a enabling students to:
- Understand emerging global trends affecting business today.
- Collaborate across borders to successfully utilize resources on a global basis to achieve organizational goals.
- Apply technology to improve areas such as management information, communication and productivity.
- Improve skills associated with data gathering, analysis and evaluation in order to devise and implement more effective strategic plans.
- Lead organizations in achieving their goals and objectives through effective delegating, team-building, and motivating practices.
This major is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate studies related to the Spanish language and literature, and provides a broad perspective in different areas of Spanish life. Students will spend at least one year abroad, taking Spain-related courses in Spain. This major is different from a major in Spanish, which is centered in language skills with some cultural components. The Spanish Cultural Studies major assumes the student has mastered the language component and focuses on the study of specific areas such as the culture, art, history, politics, geography, literature, cinema, music, or the economy of the Iberian Peninsula.
The Sport Psychology major incorporates a year of study abroad after students have studied psychology basics at Arcadia's campus in Glenside, Pa. Students interested in this Majors Abroad Program will spend their junior year abroad, either at the University of Stirling (Scotland) or the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), where they will complete a minimum of three courses in sports science or Sport Psychology. Upon their return, they will conduct their senior course doing an internship in the field of sport psychology and write a thesis on sport psychology.