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    MSUM's International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses from economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology and geosciences. International Studies majors select one of two areas of emphasis: Development or Diplomacy. In addition, students choose from a wide variety of elective courses based on career interests.  

    What do you study in the Development track?

    • Health Issues
    • Food
    • Environment
    • Demographics
    • Non-governmental Organization Training (i.e. Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch) 

    What do you study in the Diplomacy track?

    • Human Rights
    • Foreign Policy
    • Global Communication
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Government Work Training (i.e. International organizations such as lobbyists and advocates)
    • Preparation for the Foreign Service Examination 

    Additional Requirements of International Studies Majors

    • Complete two years of study in a foreign language. MSUM offers a Spanish degree and two-year courses in Chinese and Japanese. German, French, Norwegian, Russian and other langauges can be studied through the Tri-College University.
    • Complete 1 to 2 semesters of an international experience.
    • Complete a senior project thesis that will be presented to the International Studies Committee.

    What to do with an International Studies Major

    The International Studies major develops a comprehensive understanding of the world. The world perspective is highly desired by potential employers such as government and international organizations, international business, non-governmental organizations, journalism, the arts and the media. It is also excellent preparation for both graduate school and law school. 

    Opportunities for International Studies Majors

    Model United Nations provides students with a first-hand opportunity to participate in international relations by enhancing students’ understanding of the complex issues that the UN addresses and helping to a appreciate the difficulties that surround multi-lateral diplomacy. Each spring, the Model UN team demonstrates their diplomatic skills in a regional competition against
    other universities and colleges.

    The MSUM Student Academic Conference provides opportunities for students to present papers or posters on their research, sharing their experiences with their peers.

    The Study Abroad Office coordinates many study abroad programs.