Students in international studies (IST) develop an understanding of the complex interactions of politics, culture, history, and economics that shape global relations.
International Studies engages students through interdisciplinary inquiry as an approach to addressing the world’s most complex global challenges such as migration, war, health, and the environment.
To understand and address these challenges, the major combines core interdisciplinary courses with four distinct disciplinary tracks. Core courses develop a common body of knowledge through a mix of introductory and specialized courses that span the globe both geographically and thematically: from Canada to India, from trade to human rights, from Google to the W.H.O. The disciplinary tracks – politics, economics, history, and religion – allow students the flexibility to choose an area that best corresponds to their intellectual and professional goals within the broader framework of international studies. We strongly encourage students to study abroad as an essential element of their experience.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|U.S. Senate||Johns Hopkins University (M.A., China studies)|
|Fulbright U.S. Student Program||George Washing University (M.A., European & Eurasian studies)|
|Americorps Career Building Academy||Kent State University (Ed.D., higher education administration)|
|USA Today||University of Texas (M.A., Middle Eastern/global policy studies)|
|Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)||University of North Caroling-Chapel Hill (M.S., accounting)|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“The IST program is a perfect example of what defines a liberal arts education because it’s such an interdisciplinary field. Traveling to Africa for three weeks of intensive research and studying at the University of Reading in England has allowed me to put into context what I have learned in the classroom.”
Centre Class of 2016 • International Studies Major
Centre has semester programs in China (Shanghai), England (London and Reading), France (Strasbourg), Japan (Yamaguchi), and Mexico (Merida), which includes trips to Costa Rica or Cuba. There are also exchange programs in Japan and Northern Ireland. Other opportunities include short-term trips to such places as Cameroon, Ecuador, India, Turkey, and Vietnam. Individual students have also attended programs in Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Hungary, Moscow, and Spain.
Centre students have had internships at local, state, and federal levels of the government. Many have interned in such places as Washington, D.C., (at the Supreme Court, foreign embassies, Congress members’ offices, or the Office of Naval Intelligence), or, more locally, at the Lexington-Fayette Human Rights Commission. Recent majors have secured internships at Amnesty International, Save the Children, the International Committee for the Red Cross, and U.S. Department of State.
The international studies program’s commitment to a liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursing careers in business, journalism, politics, or law in the international arena. The major also assists students in meeting the requirements of leading graduate programs in diplomacy, international relations, business, politics, and public policy. But as American life becomes increasingly linked with that of other nations, almost any career path can benefit from an international studies major.