About the Major
The International Studies program seeks to prepare students for the
complex, challenging, and dynamic interdependent world of the 21st
century. As we enter this "global village," the acquisition
of new skills, additional knowledge and wisdom will be necessary for
effective citizenship and career aspirations. The International Studies
program is designed to meet this challenge.
The program focuses on the political, economic, and cultural interdependencies
of an emerging global system. Interdisciplinary issues of war and
peace, economic and political development, and cross-cultural communication
are examined, as are global concerns of population, environment, and
human rights. International Studies students become knowledgeable
about another world culture, proficient in another language, and may
participate in an exciting and rewarding international credit-bearing
experiential program. An extensive array of study abroad and international
cooperative-education options are available, as well as internship
and service learning placements.
Students may also benefit from the state-of-the-art Telecommunications
Center which electronically connects the campus to the world; and
may enrich and broaden their academic program through participation
in The Model United Nations Club and the ICONs project (computer-based
foreign policy simulations) with universities around the world.
A degree in International Studies provides an excellent basis for
a wide range of careers in business, government, and education, as
well as for admission to graduate and professional schools which are
increasingly seeking "globally literate" individuals. Graduates
of this program with a combination of foreign language skills and
a strong background in international affairs will be increasingly
well positioned for these types of positions as the "globalization"
of business, government, and education accelerates in the future.
The International Studies faculty is a highly diverse, expert, and
active group of professors from a variety of fields and with extensive
The International Studies major is offered by the School of American
and International Studies and leads to a B.A. degree.
A minor is not available.