Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Political Science Program Aims to Give Students A Global Perspective of Politics, Culture, Economics

KINGSVILLE - June 11, 2010

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4979

New initiatives provide opportunities for students to travel the world

The Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is making sure students have a global perspective and has launched a new initiative to offer programs with global relevance to all A&M-Kingsville students.

The new initiative is two-fold. The World Affairs Program provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to spend part of a semester in a foreign country while earning advanced political science credits toward their degree. Students participating in the program will attend classes at foreign universities and take field trips to significant sites. Through the World Affairs Program, more than a dozen students will travel to Botswana, South Africa next month. A&M-Kingsville students will attend classes at the University of Botswana in Gaborone—Botswana’s capital—and represent one of the few groups of students from the United States in Botswana, said political science professor Dr. Nirmal Goswami, who will also travel to Botswana with the students.

During the next three years, the World Affairs Program plans to offer similar courses in collaboration with universities in India, New Zealand and Bhutan. Qualified students enrolled in the World Affairs Program courses may be eligible to receive competitively awarded Study Abroad Scholarships from the university’s Office of International Studies and Programs.

While the World Affairs Program takes A&M-Kingsville students to the world the Window to the World Program brings the world to A&M-Kingsville. The Window to the World Program is the second component of the Department of Political Science’s new global initiative. This program already has brought scholars from across the world to speak to the university community. Previous guests include scholars from universities based in Australia, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Africa, India and England.

The Windows to the World Program brings scholars from a broad cross-section of disciplines to share their research with the university during brief presentations.

“The core intent is to offer A&M-Kingsville students and faculty opportunities to hear different perspectives through multiple disciples from all corners of the world,” Goswami said.

For more information about the Department of Political Science Global Programs, contact Dr. Nirmal Goswami at 593-3506.

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