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International Studies

Program Offered: Major

Many problems or issues which have been regarded as primarily domestic can no longer be understood or resolved without consideration of their international or comparative contexts. The International Studies major is offered through an interdisciplinary curriculum which integrates social, economic, political, and historical perspectives in the examination of the dramatic trends toward increased interdependence among nations, and of the contested and contrasting patterns of change in different parts of the world. The program also equips majors with a grounding in a specific non-English language as a key skill for better comprehending international issues.

International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. 

The International Studies major is a good foundation for careers in international organizations, business, and government or in fields like teaching, journalism, community development, and dispute resolution. The major is good preparation for entry into a variety of graduate programs, including those leading to Master’s degrees in International Affairs as well as Law, Management, Public Policy, Urban and Regional Planning and other professional fields of endeavor.

Kimberly Cole ’02 stands next to the U.S. Ambassador to Timor Leste, Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick.

Alumna connects communities with tools to better health

Kimberly Cole ’02 finds a career in public health through international studies.

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Brooke Stearns Lawson ’99

Undergraduate research lays groundwork for career in international development

As conflict and crime advisor, alumna Brooke Stearns Lawson ’99 develops programs to counter violent extremism.

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