Comparative International Studies

The Comparative International Studies program prepares students to become citizens of the 21st century global world. The program offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum with a broad view of comparative international studies. Such a broad-based program is, indeed, timely in today's world of globalization.

Program Overview

The program requires students to take three of the four thematically organized courses that aim to integrate theoretical knowledge about global processes and knowledge about comparative methods including analytical techniques used to study them. The four themes are identified as follows: human and social development, culture and society, populations and borders, institutions and change.

Special Features

The Comparative International Studies program combines the study of two world regions with language, study abroad, and research.

World Regions - Students are required to take courses on two world regions, identified as a primary and a secondary area of focus, selected from the following areas:

  • Africa
  • Asia (China)
  • Asia (General)
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North Africa and West Asia (Middle East)

Foreign Language - Knowing one or more foreign language is believed to be essential in order to effectively communicate with people of another culture, understand another culture, or conduct research. Therefore, the international studies major requires students to complete a minor in a foreign language. The minor in a foreign language will fulfill the foreign language requirement for the major.

Study Abroad - All comparative international studies majors are required to participate in an international experience amounting to a minimum of six weeks spent abroad and completing a minimum of three units of study abroad.

Research - Comparative international studies majors must complete a culminating senior project in their final year.

Career Opportunities

Those completing the major will be prepared to meet the challenges of the new era of globalization, including careers in local, state, and national government, in national and international non-profit organizations such as social service providers, cultural organizations, or international development agencies, and in areas such as international education, commerce, tourism, and communications. Majors will also be prepared to pursue graduate level education in liberal arts and sciences, in regional studies, or in a particular discipline within the areas in the humanities and social sciences, and with a solid foundation in a foreign language.

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General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Comparative International Studies program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.