International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to develop students' understanding of how the cultural, political, economic, and social systems function and interrelate. By emphasizing an increased understanding of diverse cultures, persons, and ideas, the program aims to cultivate the skills that will provide students with a sound foundation for graduate studies and professional careers in teaching, politics, international business, and public service.
The International Studies major consists of six core courses and seven courses within one of two concentrations. The concentrations include Culture & Society and International Relations. The International Relations concentration allows an emphasis in Political Science or Economics/Business. The Culture & Society concentration allows emphasis in area studies. Some courses in this program may be counted as part of the collegiate requirements.
A minor in international studies is also offered. This minor is organized under the assumption that there is a core to the study of international studies that transcends work in a particular geographic area. Thus, this minor emphasizes core courses with in theory and methodology, rather than geographic area courses. As such, a minor in international studies does not have a concentration in a specific geographic area.
The goals of the program are: