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International Studies Concentration

Students wishing to pursue a major in International Studies may do so by choosing the Individualized Degree Program (IDP) International Studies Concentration. This concentration requires core courses in the field of international studies and provides the flexibility for each student to select courses from across the College to develop a coherent academic program that meets the student’s own specific educational goals within the broader area of International Studies. 

Through the International Studies Concentration students gain an understanding of international and intercultural relations and dynamics, and gain the skills and knowledge necessary for their specific chosen careers as those careers exist within an international context. The program also provides preparation for a graduate program in International Studies, and students may include prerequisites for other graduate programs of their choice.

Students may choose to develop a proposal for an IDP major or an IDP extended major.  Each is developed in consultation with a faculty advisor and the Center for Individualized Learning and must be approved by the faculty advisor, appropriate department chair, appropriate dean, Center advisor and the Center director. Students in this program follow the basic requirements and process for all IDP majors.  The process for developing the IDP proposal is outlined here.

A minimum of one year of study of a modern language other than English is required and students are strongly encouraged to complete at least two years of study in the same language.  Students who are already proficient in a language other than English as demonstrated by successful completion of an approved proficiency examination will be exempt from the requirement.  Students are advised to research the possible entry language requirements of any graduate programs in which they might be interested and plan their programs accordingly.

An appropriate study abroad OR a local or regional experience with an international focus is required as a part of the individual student’s proposal.

Those interested in the International Studies Concentration can find more information, including course requirements International Studies Concentration.