Students interested in studying foreign affairs or still need one credit hour can find both elements in one course offered next semester.
International Studies 093 is an undergraduate-run, for-credit course offered during the spring semester. Entitled Great Decisions, the mission of the eight-week course is to facilitate national awareness and critical analysis of the current events shaping foreign affairs.
Established 12 years ago, UNC's Great Decisions program is the largest of more than 2,000 nationally accredited courses sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.
"Great Decisions is unique here because essentially there's no professor. Basically, it's just students getting together to talk and learn from each other," said senior Rye Barcott, chairman and head teaching assistant.
The University's program offers two core parts. In the fall, about 20 students are chosen from a pool of applicants to form a coordination committee.
Students are in charge of finding speakers for eight current international topics to form a lecture series that will take place the following semester.
This specially selected committee is responsible for managing all logistical, financial and administrative aspects of the series.
The following spring, committee members become the teaching assistants for the class. As TAs, students are responsible for leading discussion sections after each lecture and assigning weekly reading and written work.
"TAs usually find their hard work to be a gratifying experience," Barcott said. "All the responsibility helps them grow as people and as students."