About the Program
As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, the set of cultural, economic, social, environmental and historical dynamics we call globalization influences us all. This major teaches you how to unravel the complex network of factors that show how events in one part of the globe can have unlikely consequences in another. Professions related to international affairs, public policy, international business and finance, international organizations, communication, academic research and teaching will require coursework that concentrates on globalization. This major acknowledges and addresses the dynamics of globalization and equips students with the tools to actively engage the global community.
Why should I major in International Studies?
An international studies major provides students with the core knowledge and analytical skills that can help one to make sense of the international system and have an impact on government, business and society well into the future. In short, this degree allows students to leverage knowledge from a number of social science fields to become more informed critical citizens and, in many cases, pursue careers in related fields. Students take a core set of courses in the history, political science and economics departments.
Beyond the Classroom
Honor Societies: Delta Phi Epailon
Professional Experiences: Regular teleconferences with Council on Foreign Relations, the nation's premiere nonpartisan think tank.
Internships: Available at state and federal levels. Summer programs with Georgetown University are available, as well as annual travel study classes and exchange programs to study for a semester abroad.
A major in international studies helps students develop transferable skills that are valued by employers. These skills include analysis, research, writing, problem solving, and knowledge of other cultures and languages. International studies majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, consulting firms, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Internships may be a prerequisite to finding employment.