The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop cross-cultural understanding and the ability to interact effectively with others in our increasingly complex and diverse global community. It provides undergraduate preparation for students considering post-graduate study and/or careers in international business, law, media, education, and governmental or non-governmental organizations.
The major is anchored in Political Science and History to provide students with an understanding of the political and historical forces that have shaped current realities in the countries and/or regions under study. Students are strongly encouraged to extend this core preparation by choosing additional minors, or an additional major, in related disciplines appropriate for their individual goals, essentially tailoring their preparation to their aims. For all students, additional cultural and/or language studies focused on the individual student’s particular region or country of interest are strongly recommended in order to develop a cultural competence that extends beyond the shaping forces of political systems and local/regional/global history.