International Studies: Specializations

In addition to a set of core required courses, International Studies (INTS) majors may select a focus for their study. Each focus area is known as a specialization.

The total number of units required for the major will vary by specialization.

Asian Studies Specialization

The political decolonization and rapid economic growth of Asia has been one of the most remarkable developments of the past century. As the influence of Asia on the world grows, an understanding of that complex and fascinating region of the world becomes even more necessary.

Economic Studies Specialization

The past century has been a time of phenomenal world economic growth. International trade and finance play a crucial role in the global metropolis. Increasingly, international political and cultural disputes are closely related to this tighter economic integration of the world's countries. The economics studies specialization provides students with a foundation and understanding of the production, distribution, and consumption of resources within both domestic and international political systems. It also provides the background for further study of international economics or entry into a public or private organization concerned with economic issues.

European Studies Specialization

The impact of Europe on the course of world history is without equal. The European Studies specialization provides students with a dynamic learning approach to the complex problems of modern society in an increasingly integrated world. Specifically, by emphasizing European history, language, and culture, the specialization allows students to acquire not only global awareness with appreciation of other peoples' strivings, trials, and accomplishments, but also a unique and beneficial perspective on their own American way of life. Clearly, by opening a "window on the world" and broadening cultural horizons, the European specialization enhances the student's ability to live and to function in the international sphere.

International/Intercultural Communication Studies Specialization

Cultural diversity is a fact of the global metropolis. Human societies have developed a myriad number of ways to cope with and surviving the physical and social environment. Therefore, people have very different ways of making sense of the world, acceptable rules for behavior, and deeply felt values. Increasing globalization brings many of these cultures in increasing contact -- and conflict -- with one another. The International Studies major offers an International/ Intercultural Communication Studies track for students desiring to explore more deeply the cultural dimensions of international communication.

This specialization has been developed especially for those who see their future work with individuals within international and intercultural institutions. Such work could relate to the mass media, but is not limited to such efforts. Anyone working with educational, religious, or political institutions and any other group in which human interaction is of major significance could choose this particular specialization. In combination with Business Administration offerings or courses in political science, this emphasis also provides an opportunity for a broad-based preparation leading to enrollment in graduate programs or specific service career.

International Management Studies Specialization

Today's international organizations are comprised of people from a number of different backgrounds. In these types of organizations, the manager's traditional tasks must be achieved in a work environment with people from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds. The International Studies major offers an International Management specialization for students anticipating service in a variety of internationally-based organizations as managers. The specialization differs from the International Business major by its emphasis on languages, international politics and economics, and cross-cultural issues.

Latin American Studies Specialization

The Latin American Studies specialization offers students opportunities to gain an appreciation for the dynamic and diverse region with which the United States shares a hemisphere. Students will develop an understanding or common patterns in the social, cultural, political, and economic development of these nations, as well as distinct characteristics of the nations of this large and increasingly important region. Students in this specialization would continue their studies in graduate programs in Latin American studies or work with international organizations with ties to Latin America.

Middle East/North Africa Studies Specialization

The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) is an area of great historical, cultural, religious, and strategic importance. It is an area that witnessed the first stirrings of civilization, the birth of the three great monotheistic religions, and a succession of empires. More recently, the area has experienced rapid economic development, fueled in part by its strategic location and vast reserves of oil and natural gas. Stretching from Morocco in northwestern Africa to Iran in southwestern Asia is a vast territory of great religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Rapid economic, political, and social changes and the divisions have at times sparked violent disputes, most notably the Arab-Israeli conflict and religious-based militancy. This specialization is intended for students interested in understanding in greater depth this area and for those interested in continuing their studies in graduate programs.

Political Studies Specialization

How does one deal with such difficult issues as ethnonationalism, terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights, and the role of the United Nations? The Political Studies specialization is designed for students who are interested in the study of government and governing procedures, whether these "governments" are sovereign states, international organizations, multinational corporations, or sub-units of political systems. Students who complete this specialization will be prepared for further graduate study in international studies or entry-level positions in the public or private sectors, such as the Foreign Service, management, or banking.

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