(Aug. 22, 2013) --The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs degree to begin at The University of Texas at San Antonio in fall 2013. The new program, to be administered by the Department of Political Science and Geography in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, will be the first of its kind to be offered at a Texas public institution.
The bachelor's degree in global affairs is designed to broaden and enrich student backgrounds through instruction of global and international affairs and focus on contemporary issues in international development.
"The whole purpose of the global affairs major is to train our students so that they can take their jobs with them and work around the globe," said Mansour El-Kikhia, chair of the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography. "This major does not only relate to politics, but also with human rights, food issues and environments on a global scale."
Students will be required to complete 36 hours of coursework for the degree, 30 at the upper division level. Additionally, students will be encouraged to take classes in comparative politics, history and related course offerings. UTSA expects to enroll 60 majors in the program in three years time.
UTSA's global affairs program complements the expertise of faculty in the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography, who provide international expertise and perspective in a variety of areas. Current faculty members offer instruction on Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan and the Middle East. Future areas of study include Africa, China, Japan and Russia.
Students enrolling in the program will be required to complete an internship abroad and learn a language other than English. Over the last four years, the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography has established relationships with several universities around the globe including the University of Cordoba in Argentina and the University of Santiago in Chile. Additional relationships have been fostered with universities in Libya, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Spain, Morocco, Arab Emirates, Peru, Malaysia and Mexico. Additional relationships in progress include Germany, France and Bulgaria.
>> Prospective students interested in learning more about the new global affairs program can contact the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography at 210-458-5600.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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