John Ysursa, PhD
New Global Studies Degree Program to Launch in Fall 2017
[BOISE] – Boise State students will soon have another opportunity to find their place in a rapidly changing world. Global Studies, a new undergraduate program in the School of Public Service, emphasizes and encourages world language proficiency, global literacy and study abroad. The State Board of Education approved the program at its meeting on Wednesday, February 15. The program will officially launch in Fall 2017.
School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook says that the program fills an important gap. “The mission of the School of Public Service includes a regional, national and international focus, but we’ve been missing the international piece. Developing this program is fulfilling a need we see in our programming, as well as addressing a desire from students to expand their education to a global scale. Classes will span across most of the colleges at Boise State.”
John Ysursa, who directs the program with Adrian Kane and Brian Wampler, is excited about the practical and professional aspects of the degree, stating that program development has been coordinated with the Boise State Career Center to ensure that graduates will possess skills employers want. Ysursa says graduates will have “dozens of career paths, ranging from business, law, government and nonprofits.”
Global Studies students will be able to choose their own world language component, area of regional study focus and area of academic emphasis. Areas of emphasis include world economics, world cultures, sustainable futures and international relations.
Ysursa adds that global literacy is especially important in uncertain times. “Changes are happening rapidly. The challenge is to stop and reflect on where we are going.”
The Global Studies website is: sps.boisestate.edu/global.
Boise State University’s School of Public Service is dedicated to excellence in innovative teaching, cutting edge scholarship and meaningful community outreach, serving the State of Idaho, region, nation and global communities. The School is comprised of rich and diverse academic programs, as well as talented affiliated faculty from departments and programs across the university. The mission of the School also is supported by a variety of centers and institutes that facilitate research and public engagement.