For International Studies major and minor requirements, please refer to the academic catalog.
Why Study International Studies at Westminster?
• Learn about the contemporary world through a special concentration in regional studies (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East)
• Enhance your world language skills by connecting them to your major in International Studies
• Study abroad for credit in the major and use that experience to gain valuable knowledge of your area of concentration in International Studies
• Exceptional students can write an International Studies “Honors” Thesis
International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that introduces students to multiple perspectives of how international relations, global cultures, and regional variations affect social, political, and economic affairs in the regions of study. Both historical and cultural understanding link with language study which then serve as the core of the major. A foundational course and a capstone course in international studies help students frame their academic experiences and co-curricular global experiences as well.
The junior-senior seminar in international studies (INT 401) will introduce students to international issues in their region of study. It will also introduce them to a “graduate school” level analysis of issues and topics related to international studies. Students learn the literature, methods, and approaches used in writing a major paper suitable as an “honors” thesis or for submission to graduate and professional schools or for a dossier for careers in international affairs and other professions after college.
Students can study abroad and have fascinating experiences. In recent years, international studies students have completed semesters abroad at universities in Oviedo, Spain; Angers, France; Paris, France; and Winchester, England, to name a few. Some have gone on Westminster faculty-led tours to Belize, China, Germany, and Greece. Also, participation in Westminster’s award-winning Model United Nations program has been a major part of the international studies experience (and curriculum) for over 30 years.
International Studies majors have gone on to work and graduate schools in several areas. They include teaching English in South Korea, working in radio broadcasting, working in public affairs at the United Nations in New York, graduate school in American Studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz (Austria), public policy at the University of Missouri, Monterrey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College (Monterrey, CA), and other programs.
“I’m seeing success in the ‘real world’ as a direct result of my international studies degree. I was recently accepted to graduate school to concentrate on an international policy major and I attribute this to my international studies degree from Westminster. It helped me develop an interest in global issues and a need to work for a NGO where I can be a policy-maker and leave an imprint on the world.”
Sharon Okello ’12, Uganda
MA candidate, Monterrey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College, Monterrey, CA
Name: Dr. Kurt Jefferson
Position: Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives, Professor, and Chair, International Studies
Office: Churchill Institute for Global Engagement, Room 202