International Studies

A concentration in International Studies helps if you seek a career requiring an understanding of the parts or whole of the world. You may work in international politics and diplomacy in the U.S. State Department, a U.S. embassy abroad, the United Nations or one of its agencies such as the International Labor Organization, UNAIDS, or the UNICEF/United Nations Children Fund. Your role in U.S. national security may be at the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency.

In international business and economics, you may work in public relations, advertising, marketing, or sales in global company such as Coca Cola or Toyota. To help U.S. (and North Carolinian) business interests abroad, apply to the U.S. (or North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce or the U.S. (or North Carolina) Department of Commerce. Or, you may seek a position with a global lender, such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.

Employers in humanitarian aid include nongovernmental organizations (NGO) such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders or the Red Cross. In development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF or UNESCO at the United Nations, or NGOs such as Oxfam America, CARE, or Operation Crossroads are possibilities. In the areas of peace and diplomacy, you might find a position at the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, or an NGO that focuses on justice, human rights or conflict resolution. If you have a particular regional interest, you may specialize in research and analysis of affairs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, or Europe.

The Foreign Language requirement of the International Studies Concentration (4 consecutive semesters, for a total of 12 semester hours) provides graduates with language proficiency that will enable them to secure and be successful in their position in the international arena. A degree in Internal Studies also prepares you for further studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels on regional and international/global issues. Yes! The concentration prepares you for many opportunities in the "global village" of the 21st century.

2014-2016 Curriculum Guide (PDF)

2016 Curriculum Guide (PDF)