The international studies major is distinguished by its insistence on study and residency in at least one non-U.S. culture. A flexible curriculum meets a wide range of academic interests and career goals. The program combines academic theory and course work with practice-based research and fieldwork. This is supported by the intellectual and creative challenge of a senior thesis. This falls under the global politics and societies (GPS) department which includes four separate major programs of study in sociology, religious studies, political science, and international studies and one minor program of study in social justice.
International Studies Major
International studies combines courses in the social and natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. Students focus on the political, economic, and diplomatic relations among nations and peoples. Students may also pursue course work in a second major. These fields include political science, economics, business, foreign language, history, or religion.
International Studies Minor
The less-intensive minor provides a broad background covering major topics on globalization, geography, and at least a year of intermediate language.
What You'll Learn
Strong Background for a Global Perspective
The greatest thing I have learned as an international studies major is the importance of having a global perspective in an increasingly interconnected world. The interdisciplinary curriculum of international studies provided me with a strong background in multiple subject areas, including history, languages, religion, anthropology, and even ethno-botany.Sarah Rhodes, now working at Fortress Investment Group, New York City
The Hollins Advantage
I’ve definitely embraced the interdisciplinary nature of the international studies program after college. This is a testament to the quality of the program. I came away with a global perspective that influences my approach to almost any task I undertake. There is a marked difference between my way of thinking and that of my coworkers with more traditional educational backgrounds, and I definitely feel I have the advantage.Rachel Banger volunteered for the Peace Corps in Fogo, Republic of Cape Verde