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.
Natasha Smith talks about her experience