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.
|Description of Major|
Plus 28 credits from the following list. A student must choose 16 credits from one discipline (their concentration), and the remaining 12 must include courses from each of the other two disciplines.
GEOG- The Department of Geography, from time to time, offers courses on the geography of selected regions of the world. With the approval of the director of international studies, these courses may be elected to fulfill non-concentration requirements.
Plus study of a foreign language
At least 12 credits beyond the core curriculum requirement in a particular modern foreign language. St. Thomas offers extended study in French, Gaelic, German, Russian, and Spanish. ACTC offerings extend the possibilities to Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese.
Please consult undergraduate catalog for additional course offerings and information: http://www.stthomas.edu/catalog/current/default.html.
For those who aspire to an internationally oriented career, International Studies is an excellent starting point. In recent years, majors have obtained a variety of internationally oriented positions. The following are examples:
If you have specific questions or would like to discuss this program, its requirements and benefits, contact:
Dr. Renee Burr
University of St. Thomas, Mail #JRC 432