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Catalog 2003-2004
International Studies (BA)
School of American and International Studies

Requirements of the Major
Convener: Charles Carreras
Advisors: Walter Brown
Ronald Hayashida
Clifford Peterson

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 international experience.

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.
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