Strategic Planning

The Internationalization of Liberal Arts Education

Increasingly, for our students, “the world around them” is as likely to be found outside of the borders of the United States as within it.  As citizens, employees, travelers, consumers, and curious human beings, they are part of dense global networks.  They are likely to collaborate with, learn from, compete with, and love people from other cultures and histories. They gain from a deep understanding of varied cultures, geographies, belief systems, and languages; from decentering their perspectives on their own communities and lives; from interacting with people who are very different.

Charges to the Committees

  • What is international fluency or competence? What is the kind of international competency that our students will need in the world of tomorrow? What kind of international competency should our faculty have?
  • What might internationalization mean at a small liberal arts college under the 4 scenarios? What does it mean to take internationalization seriously as a core intellectual value in the research and teaching at Amherst College?

More specifically:

  • How to improve the quality and use of our education abroad programs and integrate them better in the College's curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular offerings? What opportunities can we create to enable faculty whose research and teaching is international to work more closely with students who study and do internships abroad?
  • How do we use other tools such as global classrooms, research abroad, partnerships with foreign colleges, international internships, building on the presence of the growing proportion of our students that is international, and so on?
  • How to create incentives and support for the internationalization of our curriculum and research?
  • Which international academic partnerships and exchanges can the College create or strengthen? 



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