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    Globalizing the Fashion Curriculum at 1890 Institutions

    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The need exists to produce graduates with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures and the ability to comprehend complex global issues. A quality undergraduate education in the 21st Century should provide students with opportunities to examine the world from different perspectives and integrate learning across the curriculum. Less than 3% of American college students have experienced long- or short-term study or internships outside the United States (Collins, 2002). This number is significantly lower for African American students. The Family and Consumer Sciences units at 1890 land-grant universities have little or no opportunity to internationalize their curriculum. Study abroad and tours provide opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of the world in which they live, gain a new perspective of other countries and their own, and improve their professional potential.

    The purpose of this joint project is to globalize the fashion curriculum at UMES, SCSU, and SUBR by implementing a study abroad and tour program within these institutions' Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Ecology units.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant

    CONTACT:  Dr. Nina Bennett, Acting Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, nlbennett@umes.edu