The educational mission of the Global Studies program is to promote an understanding of global awareness by focusing on the interconnectedness of local and global events. This focus enables students to examine and explain global issues in an analytical framework that emphasizes the role of individuals in local communities and their relationship to the global society. The program is designed to train future leaders to grapple with some of the most pressing issues of our time. The program cuts across traditional boundaries of disciplines and is transnational in its approach. This interdisciplinary program allows students maximum freedom of choice in assisting with designing their own course of study.