Students in international studies develop an understanding of the complex interactions of politics, culture, history, and economics that shape global relations.
The study of the international is about comprehending how actors and institutions at the global and local level come to terms with forces of change.
The interdisciplinary major in International Studies is designed to offer students the opportunity to learn about these changes by developing a common body of knowledge in a set of core courses, and then encouraging their explorations through one of several paths in the form of area concentrations. The concentrations are International Relations, which is designed for students seeking a broad understanding of the historical, political, and economic processes that influence world affairs; Development Studies, a concentration that examines the dilemmas of economic, social, and political transformation in the developing world; and Comparative Studies, in which students may focus their learning on a specific region of the world (or combine regions in comparative perspective). In all instances, the program faculty strongly encourage students to study abroad as an essential element of their intellectual experience.
The International Studies program’s commitment to a liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursing careers in business, journalism, politics, or law in the international arena. The major also assists students in meeting the requirements of leading graduate programs in diplomacy, international relations, business, politics, and public policy.
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