Welcome to the International Studies Program! Our program offers an undergraduate major and a community for students, alumni, faculty, and staff interested in foreign countries, cultures, and issues.
By completing a major in International Studies, students develop expertise in a region of the world, including one of its languages, and in a transnational topic. They also become familiar with a variety of international issues and frameworks. They use this expertise and knowledge to understand and analyze the dynamics and complexity of the human world.
The International Studies major is useful for careers in the arts, business, engineering, government, health, law, media, and the nonprofit sector, among other fields. Recent alumni work at Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Goldman Sachs, the Immigrant Defense Project, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, RAND Corporation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of State. Our alumni also have completed graduate degrees at various institutions, including Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recent alumni have served in the U.S. Peace Corps and have won the Princeton in Africa Fellowship and Fulbright award.
The program connects majors and faculty with international interests through our newsletter of events and opportunities, our lists of courses with international content, our study abroad map, and our directory of CWRU faculty teaching and conducting research on international topics. Our majors and alumni interact through our mentoring program, career workshop, and LinkedIn group.
Popular Transnational Topics
international security and diplomacy, global environment, international development, global health, international business, intercultural communications, global arts, and international law.
Learn about International Studies majors’ experiences with the CoronaNet Research Project here.