International Policy Studies

Combined Major in International Policy Studies

International Policy Studies is a major designed to give each student a world-rounded view of international studies and public policy.

What is International Policy Studies?

International policy studies examines the origin, development and implementation of international policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. As an International policy studies major, you will develop policy analysis and implementation skills that are applicable for public policy issues that are global, international or cross-cultural. 

What You’ll Learn

As an international policy studies major, you will:

  • Examine development and implementation of international policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Gain skills and knowledge about policies in different issues and in different places in the world
  • Learn about different approaches to creating and implementing policies that reflect diverse circumstances and issues
  • Study the impact of economic, social, political and legal policies on development at the local, regional, national, and international levels
  • Learn to design and implement models to improve the development of policy

Career Options

Your degree will prepare you for a career in diplomacy, economics, public administration or public policy.

Potential career paths for international policy studies majors upon graduation include:

  • International Policy Analyst
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • International Policy Research Assistant
  • Foreign Affairs Editor
  • Director of Foundation Relations
  • International Relations Program Administrator
  • Government Liaison Officer

Combined Major Benefits

Dedicated Advising

You can expect to work with a dedicated advisor for both your academic and career needs throughout your college experience at Merrimack.

Combined Skills

By pursuing a combined major, students will have the opportunity to build multiple skill sets across a range of in-demand disciplines throughout their experience.

Affinity Group Status

Combined major students are given affinity group status, so you get access to specific resources across campus.

Guaranteed Internships

The O’Brien Center for Career Development and your career advisor will work to place you in a guaranteed internship, typically during junior year.

Courses You’ll Take

Graphic Design Major Curriculum

Graphic Design Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

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More Information

Nancy Wynn
Associate Professor and Chair
Visual and Performing Arts
Graphic Design Program Director
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