International & Global Studies (IGS) is a multi-disciplinary major for students interested in understanding and engaging the world in meaningful ways. The major aligns with our liberal arts values and includes common expectations and two distinct tracks.
- a multi-disciplinary set of core courses in Anthropology, Economics, History, and Political Science
- a common expectation of study abroad and language learning
- the rigor of a methods course and senior seminar
Two distinct tracks
- International Affairs
- aligns with more traditional International Relations/Foreign Affairs majors at other institutions
- prioritizes relations between nation-states
- prepares students for graduate work/professions in Government/Foreign Service and multilateral organizations with its emphasis on Political Science and Economics
- Global Studies
- asks students to select a region and theme to focus on (such as global business, global health, social justice and human rights) allowing for some self-design
- prioritizes global interactions and processes
- prepares students for a variety of careers including NGOs, relief work, and international organizations and companies
Because the two tracks include some self-design, students must complete an application for the major working closely with one of the faculty members of the International & Global Studies Committee. Applications for the IGS Studies major must be submitted no later than fall of the junior year.
A major in IGS will sharpen your critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills. It will also enable you to apply a multi-disciplinary and global perspective to issues and policies.
Students who graduate with an IGS major are well prepared to pursue graduate work or bring a global perspective to careers in government service, nonprofits, or the private sector.
Specifics of the IGS major