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International Studies

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major which draws upon history, political science, economics, communication, foreign language, sociology, ethics, and anthropology.

The major offers students a multicultural education and provides them with the skills necessary for engaged participation in the global civil society and pursuit of an internationally oriented career.

An International Studies Major Will:

  • Master the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to analyze and comprehend the interconnected, globalized world of the 21st century
  • Be fluent in one world language
  • Be transdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a strong interest and appreciation of different cultural perspectives and worldviews
  • Comprehend the major issues in modern global history and international politics
  • Possess excellent research, writing and communication skills

International Studies requires 10 credit hours distributed the following way:

  • Introduction to International Studies (ISTU 100);
  • Senior Thesis in International Studies (ISTU 400);
  • Modern Global History (ISTU 220);
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 200);
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (POLS 200);
  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS 270);
  • 3 electives in the humanities or social sciences (must be approved by International Studies Coordinator);
  • An ethics or world religion course.

In addition, students must prove proficiency in one world language.

The fulfillment of world language proficiency can be met in one of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of a language course numbered 202 or higher;
  • A proficiency exam administered by the Modern Foreign Language Department.

Please note: Students are strongly encouraged to take a least one course that is taught in the target language.

Study Abroad

While studying abroad is not required, International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad program.

Possible Career Options

(Please note that some of these careers might require additional study)

  • Archaeologist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Cultural Diversity Trainer
  • Economist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • ESL teacher
  • Historian
  • Human Rights Associate
  • International Banker
  • International Business Specialist
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Missionary or Philanthropic Work
  • Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
  • NGO Worker (Non-Governmental Organization)
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Relation Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Translator
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Teacher in a foreign country
  • Writer

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