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International Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree

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The International Studies major in University of Central Missouri's Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages offers students a variety of career opportunities in governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the fields of business, law, communications, and tourism. The International Studies curriculum helps to create and reinforce a cross-cultural lens through which students are able to view and analyze the increasingly global community where we live and work. Additionally, courses provide students with the necessary tools to assess and follow global political, economic, and social trends that arise often in the midst of the complex intersection of historical events and cultural dynamics. The major offers a curriculum recognized by employers increasingly seeking candidates with strong analytical skills and the ability to evaluate and understand the impact of globalization on individuals and societies.

The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Develop an awareness of how the world's systems are interdependent and how local economic and social patterns have a global impact beyond their effect on individual lives.
  • Understand and be able to analyze the critical topics in international affairs and global issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various social movements and organizations that have created and are creating goals and values that transcend national cultures and ideologies.
  • Communicate program-specific knowledge effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively at the intermediate level in a foreign language.
  • Employ the discipline's theories, approaches, and methods in order to examine and understand past, present, and possible future international interactions.

About the Faculty

International Studies courses are taught by experienced and dynamic faculty members who believe in individualized attention for their students. This personal approach is enhanced by UCM's 18 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Upon declaring a major in the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages, students may request that a faculty adviser personally assist them in planning their program. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all of the department's faculty members have earned doctorates in their fields. Faculty members stay current with their profession through research, writing and participation in regional, national and international conferences.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs offer immersion experiences that complement what students have learned in class and are offered in over 50 countries. All international studies majors must satisfy one of the following international experiences: a) Participate in a study abroad program approved by UCM; b) Participate in an international internship approved by the International Studies Director and sponsored by a department at UCM; c) Participate in an international service learning program approved by the International Studies Director.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the program can look forward to several career options. Many of our students work with Federal and State Agencies, Foreign Service, State Department, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Multinational Corporations.

Other areas of possible employment include working as a Civil Servant, Diplomat, Translator, Trade Specialist, Peace Corps Officer, Human Rights Advocate, International Center Director, International Development or International Aid Officer, Policy Analyst, International Student Recruiter, International Student Advisor, Immigration Specialist, or Global Consultant.

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