The world is shrinking and those who understand and embrace its diversity of cultures can have unlimited opportunities to work in the U.S. or abroad. The International Studies major promotes global understanding and lifelong learning through an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary curriculum. It fosters understanding of world societies and global issues from many different disciplinary perspectives. Students in the major learn to understand and communicate with diverse communities at home and abroad, a foundation of work and life in the twenty-first century.
Why Choose International Studies?
International Studies will help you to expand your knowledge of, and critical thinking about, global issues and international context. These websites provide insight into where this major can take you:
- Center for International Education and Exchange (CIEE)
- International Organization Careers
- International Studies Association
- Peace Corps
- U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- U.S. Department of State – Career Opportunities
- U.S. Department of State – Pathways Internship Program
- Virtual Student Foreign Service e-Internship
What Will You Study?
International Studies offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced study of international and regional issues, including cultural diversity and norms, world history, geography of developed and developing societies, international relations, global economy, environmental concerns, conflict and war, human rights violations and solutions, and the expectations of global citizenship. The major helps students meet the challenges of communication in the global economy by requiring at least twelve credits of foreign language(s).
The major opens a wide variety of career paths, ranging from public service, diplomacy, management, and communications to the arts, community service, entrepreneurship, healthcare support, and teaching. It prepares you for a variety of graduate programs, including those in international affairs, law, business, and public policy. The major also encourages studying, volunteering, and interning abroad to sharpen students' critical thinking and communication skills, which most employers consider fundamental in the twenty-first century economy.
International Studies is an interdisciplinary program taught by esteemed faculty from a wide array of academic specialties in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business. Whether studying Economics or Eastern Religions, you'll find them approachable and genuinely committed to helping you pursue your interests and ambitions for your career or graduate school.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Study Abroad: Become a Global Citizen
Our shrinking world requires students to think from a global perspective. The College of Arts and Sciences will help you to expand your worldview to think like a citizen of the world. Whether you participate in the Freshman Semester in London, a short seminar course abroad, or in another semester-long trip, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.