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  • International Studies
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  • International Studies Program

    International Studies is a growing field that explores the interactions between politics, economics, environment, religion, ethnicity and culture at regional, national and global levels. MSU Moorhead’s International Studies major incorporates both contemporary and historical perspectives through an interdisciplinary blend of courses in anthropology, economics, geosciences, history, political science and sociology. It is excellent preparation for graduate or law school. Furthermore, the global outlook it provides is highly desired by employers, including government and international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, international news media and arts and humanities councils.

    The major offers two areas of emphasis: development and diplomacy. Students in the development emphasis study issues such as public health, food security, environmental change and population growth, which prepares them for work with such organizations as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. Students in the diplomacy emphasis consider matters such as human rights, foreign policy, global communication and conflict resolution, which prepares them for work with such organizations as the United Nations or to take the Foreign Service Examination.

    Other aspects of the degree program include two years of study in a foreign language; elective courses based on career interests; one or two semesters of an international experience; and a senior thesis that integrates classroom concepts with the enhanced cultural understanding derived from the international experience.

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    Diplomacy Track Advisor:

    Dr. Andrew Conteh
    Political Science Department
    McLean Hall 380F
    218.477.4009
    conteh@mnstate.edu  

    Development Track Advisor:

    Dr. Bruce Roberts
    Anthropology & Earth Sciences Department
    King Hall 213
    218.477.2043
    robertsb@mnstate.edu

    NEWS:

    Dr. Andrew Conteh, Political Science, and Dr. Bruce Roberts, Anthropology/Earth Science, represented MSUM at the Global Pedagogy Symposium at St. Cloud State University February 28 – March 1. The goal of this forum was to facilitate the exchange of ideas and insights into what works well in teaching about global issues. Sponsored by the Global Studies Program at St. Cloud State University and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), it involved faculty from across the MNSCU system – St. Cloud State University, Winona State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, St. Cloud Community and Technical College, Riverland Community College, and Central Lakes College – as well as Western Michigan University and Portland State University. Alberto Fierro Garza, Head of the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, also addressed the gathering.

    Dr. Conteh’s presentation – Human Rights Education and International Human Rights Treaties – stressed the relevance and importance of extant international agreements on human rights for global education. Dr. Roberts’ presentation – Engaging Students through Short-term Study Tours – reflected on lessons learned from two decades of leading student tours to East Africa. Questions about these presentations, the Global Pedagogy Symposium, or the International Studies Program at MSUM can be directed to either Dr. Conteh (477-4009, Conteh@mnstate.edu) or Dr. Roberts (477-2043, robertsb@mnstate,edu).