International Studies is a truly interdisciplinary major. Drawing from history, political science, and economics, this major provides a balanced social science approach to global issues and trends. Substantial work in a foreign language reinforces and enhances the student's overall understanding of world events and problems.
The major is designed to allow the student to explore all the contributing disciplines while focusing more heavily on one of the three.
The International Studies major is flexible in a number of ways.
First the major is flexible enough to allow students to design a course of study directed toward different career opportunities - academic, governmental, non-governmental organizations, and international service work.
Additionally, suitable course work is also flexible, allowing students to take advantage of opportunities that emerge. Topics courses, study abroad options, independent study, and the Washington semester are examples of such opportunities. International Studies majors often avail themselves of the wider range of course offerings available through the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC). Offerings at Hamline, Macalester, St. Catherine's and Augsburg significantly extend the range of options for majors.
The International Studies major also works well in combination with a second major or minor(s) for a strong broad-based knowledge of the world. Students may direct their choices within the major to focus on a particular region of the world. For example, a student interested in the Middle East may choose Arabic for language, study abroad in Egypt and choose courses in foreign policy or history of the region.
Twenty-eight credits from a list of courses in economics, history and political science. A student must choose at least 16 credits from one discipline (the area of concentration). The remaining 12 credits must include courses from each of the other two disciplines.
Course offerings include:
At least 12 credits beyond the core curriculum requirement in a modern foreign language. St. Thomas offers study in Spanish, French, Gaelic, German, Arabic, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin. ACTC offerings extend the possibilities to study other languages.