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About International Studies

Do you want to know more about the world and experience it as a ‘global village’? Are you curious about other cultures? Do you want to learn another language?

The International Studies program seeks to prepare students for the complex, challenging, dynamic, and interdependent global world of the 21st century. The program focuses on the political, economic, and cultural interdependencies and their effects on people in the emerging global system.


Classes you can take:

Modern Comparative Politics, International Politics, Food and Culture, World Cultures, Anthropology of Gender, Politics of Developing Nations, Chinese Culture and Civilization, Contemporary South Asia, Contemporary Italy, Women in Middle East Societies

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Your 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. Recent graduates have been accepted at graduate schools such as Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and The School for International Training.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Writers and Authors$39,340 - $157,380
Interpreters and Translators$42,960 - $114,360
Travel Agents$20,460 - $80,520
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers$71,980 - $190,450
Instructional Coordinators$36,070 - $116,330
Community Health Workers$31,410 - $94,230
Political Scientists$86,010 - $165,570
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other Varies - Varies

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

International Studies majors are required to fill an experiential learning requirement (ideally a semester-long study abroad, or an international cooperative education, internship or service learning course). You can enrich and broaden your academic program through participation in The Model United Nations Club, the International Student Organization, and other college organizations and clubs.

Ramapo students have gained real-world work experience with organizations such as Global Alliance for Women’s Health, Margaret Sanger Papers Project, Mercedes Benz, Seiko Corporation of America, National Organization for Women, Thomson Reuters, and American Business Forum on Europe. On the global stage, our student have studied through Ramapo College programs in India and Sierra Leone, or with other institutions in Switzerland and Argentina, just to name a few.


International Studies Minor

The International Studies minor 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 minor is designed to meet this challenge.

The program focuses on political, economic, and cultural interdependencies and their effects on people in the 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, and become proficient in another language.

A minor will complement Political Science, History, International Business, Spanish Language Studies, Communication Arts, and a variety of other majors.