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 a least one course that is taught in the target language.
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)
- Communications Specialist
- Cultural Anthropologist
- Cultural Diversity Trainer
- Environmental Specialist
- Foreign Service Officer
- ESL teacher
- Human Rights Associate
- International Banker
- International Business Specialist
- International Trade Specialist
- Legal Assistant
- Legislative Aide
- Market Research Analyst
- Missionary or Philanthropic Work
- Newspaper/Magazine Journalist
- NGO Worker (Non-Governmental Organization)
- Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
- Political Scientist
- Public Relation Specialist
- Travel and Tourism
- Teacher in a foreign country