International Studies

Degree

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is International Studies?

This broad-based, interdisciplinary major helps you to understand and analyze important issues within an international and multicultural context.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Global context

Many other universities specialize in one region of the world, but Miami's program is broad-based, giving you an overall world view.

Study abroad

Overseas study is required as part of this major. We also encourage students to study abroad in a foreign language (i.e., German in Germany, Spanish in Mexico, or Chinese in China). If you are interested in any area of the world, we can help you choose an overseas program that will allow you to have the credit transferred to Miami.

Live in the culture

You don't even have to leave Miami's campus to experience other cultures. You could get to know some of the more than 1800 international students from over 70 countries who are enrolled at Miami. On campus, you can live in the Clawson Hall Global Connections Living Learning Community where you can take part in cross-cultural programming with international students as well as other students interested in global affairs.

Exchange programs

Exchanges are the traditional way to study abroad. Miami students will exchange places with a student from another country, who will come to Miami when the Miami student goes abroad. Miami has entered into agreements with many different universities around the world to exchange students, including Kansai Gaidai in Japan, American University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates, Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico, and University of Seoul in South Korea. Miami is a member of ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs), so Miami students can do an exchange with many ISEP institutions around the world.

International student teaching

Miami has one of the few teacher education programs in the nation that offers an international student teaching alternative for students in teacher licensure programs. Current offerings include Europe, based in Luxembourg, during the fall semester and Australia during the spring semester.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The major includes an interdisciplinary core of study in world politics, international economics, world history, political geography, intercultural relations (anthropology), and foreign language.

In addition, you choose a concentration requirement. Functional concentrations include Conflict, Peace and Diplomacy, Global Cultural Relations, Global Environment, Global Human Rights and Justice, International Development, or Women in the World. Regional concentrations include Latin America, the Middle East, East and South Asia, Africa, Western Europe or Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. You'll take courses about those areas in three different disciplines.

Miami's program also requires four years of college-level foreign language study. We encourage students to study abroad in a location where that language is spoken. Many students earn concentration credits while studying abroad.

In your first year, you'll complete much of your Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education requirements, courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and formal reasoning.

Because this major is relatively flexible, many students choose to take another major along with it in a related field, such as economics, a foreign language, history, geography, political science, or diplomacy and foreign affairs. Others take a minor, which requires fewer hours than a major, to provide specialization.

The major includes an interdisciplinary core of study in world politics, international economics, world history, political geography, intercultural relations (anthropology), and foreign language.

In addition, you choose a concentration requirement. Functional concentrations include Conflict, Peace and Diplomacy, Global Cultural Relations, Global Environment, Global Human Rights and Justice, International Development, or Women in the World. Regional concentrations include Latin America, the Middle East, East and South Asia, Africa, Western Europe or Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. You'll take courses about those areas in three different disciplines.

Miami's program also requires four years of college-level foreign language study. We encourage students to study abroad in a location where that language is spoken. Many students earn concentration credits while studying abroad.

In your first year, you'll complete much of your Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education requirements, courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and formal reasoning.

Because this major is relatively flexible, many students choose to take another major along with it in a related field, such as economics, a foreign language, history, geography, or political science. Others take a minor, which requires fewer hours than a major, to provide specialization.

What can I do with this major?

The most common areas of employment for international studies graduates are in public service (non-profit organizations and government), business (marketing, banking, and transportation), and education and language (translation and teaching). Those who want to work abroad usually spend several years in U.S. assignments before working overseas.

A recent survey of alumni shows job titles including director and marketing manager for a U.S./Japan joint venture company, director of an international school in West Africa, Peace Corps volunteer, director of travel services for NBC in New York, senior counterterrorist analyst for the F.B.I., chief of the translations branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and director of international student services at Xavier University.

Who can I contact for more information?

International Studies Program
Dr. Carl Dahlman, Director
MacMillan Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-5027
dahlmac@MiamiOH.edu