The International Studies Option prepares students to become better-informed world citizens, helping them develop the competencies needed to succeed and excel in a global world. Students in the program learn about cross-cultural understanding, explore global perspectives on various world issues, become more familiar with distinct regions and cultures of the world and take at least two cycles of foreign language.
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What makes this major unique?
This major provides a broad liberal arts education while allowing students to custom-tailor a plan for studying a particular culture, region, or lens through which to understand our world. It’s an excellent major for any student with career interests in a range of fields that relate to our multicultural, global world.
The majority of careers for this major require at least a Bachelor’s Degree. Careers where modern language proficiency is in high demand include roles such as Foreign Service Officer, Court Interpreter, Diplomat, jobs in the DEA, FBI, CIA and other federal agencies and non-governmental agencies overseeing assignments abroad.
International Organizations (including entry level positions or internships at the UN and/or its affiliates)
Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), working on humanitarian aid, human rights, immigration, and education
Employee of local community organizations representing one of specific communities in NYC
Federal Government: USAID (Development Agency); State Department, etc.
Foreign Service Officer: diplomatic work, embassy and/or consulate, cultural affairs
Public policy/office positions with elected officials
Journalist (focusing on International news and locations)
Researcher for Think Tank or University
Editor for publishers working with authors writing about world events or other cultures/regions
Chief of Party for Overseas Missions
A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
Life & Physical Sciences: 3 Credits
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits
Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.
Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.
To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.
|Liberal Arts: 6 credits
|LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities
|LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology
|English: 3 Credits
|ENG 103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper
|ENG/ELA/Humanities: 3 credits
|Select one of the following courses:
|EIS216 International Schooling in Global Contexts
|ENG295 World Literatures Written in English
|ELF250 Modern French Literature in Translation
|ELS250 Contemporary Latin American Fiction in Translation
|ELA250 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
|ELC 250 Chinese Literature in English Translation
|ELH250 Contemporary Hebrew Lit in Translation
|ELI250 Italian Literature in Translation
|ELJ250 Japanese Literature in Translation
|ELK250 Modern Korean Literature in Translation
|ELR250 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation
|ELA260 Arab Cinema: Cultural Insights through Film
|HUM107 Music of Latin America
|HUM109 World Music
|HUA167 Introduction to African Art
|HUA191 Art of Eastern Asia
|Education and Language Acquisition: 9 credits
|EIS215 Language Issues in a Global World
|Social Science: 9 credits
|Select one of the following courses:
|SSA106 Anthropology of Latin America
|SSA120 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
|SSH113 Modern Chinese History
|SSH114 Modern Japanese History
|SSH153 History of the United States and World Affairs
|SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
|SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
|SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
|SSE105 International Economics
|SSE125 World Geography
|SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
|SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
|SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
|SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
|SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
|Select two of the following courses:
|SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
|SSP220 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
|SSP200 Global Politics
|SSP250 Political Ideas and Ideologies
|SSI210 Women in Society
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