We live in an increasingly interdependent world. The emergence of global markets has internationalized trade and investment. Distances separating nations and peoples have contracted with improvements in transportation and communications. Environmental problems reflect international concerns that transcend national boundaries.
The International Studies program serves students who wish to achieve a deeper understanding of other nations, cultures and peoples. Students majoring or minoring in International Studies will explore general aspects of the international system from the perspectives of the academic departments represented in the program. Students will also examine the history, politics and culture of various regions of the world. To facilitate these studies, International Studies majors and minors will develop a level of proficiency in a modern language beyond the general requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The International Studies program prepares students for careers in an increasingly interdependent global environment. Professions that draw especially heavily on a background in international studies include those in business, communication, public service, education, journalism, law and social work. Completing an International Studies major or minor also helps prepare students for graduate studies in international affairs.