Department of English and Modern Languages

International Studies Major

Preparing the World Leaders of Tomorrow

The international studies (IS) program offers broad training in the liberal arts and social sciences, emphasizing the study of foreign languages, and a specialization in a focus area. The curriculum reflects the University’s firm belief in the importance of understanding the world community for the education of the leaders of tomorrow.

WHY JOIN THE PROGRAM?
International Studies students share a keen interest in:

  • The world beyond the borders of the United States
  • History, politics, religion, philosophy, and diverse nationalities and cultures
  • International affairs, government service, journalism, or international development
  • Becoming proficient in a foreign language and communicating effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • Studying abroad for a summer or a semester in order to further their education.

IS students form a major concentration around one of three “focus areas” — Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, or Business. Students can tailor their major to meet their own interests and leverage these toward specific career goals.

The International Studies Major requires 9 hours of upper-level course work in one foreign language, usually French, German, or Spanish. The flexibility of the program allows students to complete a second major in a foreign language or to double major in one of the focus areas.

WHAT DOES ONE DO WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEGREE?
Students apply critical thinking skills, an understanding of global issues, and language ability, working successfully in positions such as:

  • Executive officers and managers in multinational corporations
  • Foreign Service officers or civil servants in the Pentagon and intelligence agencies
  • Administrators for foreign aid and international development organizations
  • Foreign analysts and strategists for global political groups
  • Candidates for law school and graduate schools in this country and abroad.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE IS MAJOR?
Contact: Dr. Eduardo Castilla-Ortiz, English & Modern Languages Department, Eder Hall 222 H, 271-4310, fcastillaortiz@missouriwestern.edu