International Studies

International Studies


Mission Statement

The primary mission of the International Studies Program is to create global awareness by providing students with the intellectual skills and substantive knowledge necessary to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century.

The International Studies Program is designed to:

  • provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global community.

  • promote critical thinking and problem solving from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • introduce students to a foreign language and encourage the development of competency.

  • increase global awareness and understanding of cultural differences.

  • encourage students to participate in study-abroad and overseas experience programs.


How do students in the International Studies Program feel about it?

"The minor created opportunities for study and travel abroad, and helped me acquire a greater understanding of culture, something that helped me when I worked in Japan."
Matt Logterman, political science graduate

"I'm attracted by the fact that there are so many opportunities to travel and study abroad.  I'm an international studies minor because I would like to work with an international company." Meredith Verberne, marketing communications major

"It's a great way to learn about the world and understand it.  International studies fits well with my major and may be helpful in my future career.  Employers are always looking for people with international experience." Heather Madigan, political science major

"The minor includes classes from all over the university, getting you involved in many aspects of the school and letting you experience different cultures right here at home." Eryn Langland, marketing communications major

"The international studies minor is great for learning about the cultures of other people - their histories, ideals, and values." Jessica Samuelson, psychology graduate

"I like the electives in the minor, and . . . with the decreasing size of the world, I feel that it is important to study international issues." Katie Murphy, Spanish & English education major

"The minor makes all the concepts and terms that you hear in . . . world news mean something. . . . It helps you understand why governments and economies grow or fail, . . . I study language and culture  . . . [as part of] the minor." Julie Medbery, Spanish graduate

"I've always had a love of traveling.  I'm fascinated by different cultures and felt that international studies would be a great supplement to my major." Jennifer Kern, mass communications major

"I want to be informed about what is going on in the world and this was a good combination of philosophy, political science, and sociology.  [The international studies minor] combines a lot of different areas and gives students a lot of choice in direction." Nadia Glaser, Spanish graduate

"This is a very good program that helps student get more involved in other countries.  I'm interested in international study because of the interesting courses that are offered.  I would like to improve my knowledge of the business, economics and development of other countries.  I would like to be able to work abroad someday." Nakati Kakosso, math and French major

"I find traveling the world and meeting new people and immersing myself in new countries very fascinating.  There are many opportunities to learn about yourself as well when you travel." Jenna Bennett, business administration, economics, marketing graduate

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International Studies Department

355 Kleinpell Fine Arts