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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 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department.

Please note: Students are strongly encouraged to take at 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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