International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to understand a global theme and a non-North American world area from multiple perspectives, to gain competence in a related foreign language, and to carry out in-depth research and writing. International Studies majors graduate with skills that enable them to live and work as global citizens throughout the world.
As the world shrinks, opportunities grow for International Studies majors. With a degree in International Studies you can pursue anything from international policy making to philanthropic work to teaching English as a second language in another country. International Studies graduates go on to international careers with governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic agencies, and educational institutions.
Career opportunities in International Studies
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An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of International Studies, including the main thematic emphases and approaches that characterize the field and the International Studies major at the University of Kentucky. Emphasis is placed on the relations between people and places across the globe. Students will be exposed to a variety of theories and methods that help in understanding the challenges that face people and nations in the global milieu. Furthermore, this course explores theoretical foundations for analyzing the ways in which the world's economies, politics, and societies change.The course will explore key global issues through different perspectives, using concepts drawn from the social sciences and the humanities. Case studies will be used selectively to allow students to develop skills in critical analysis of international phenomena and processes, and to strengthen the ability to bring an international perspective to bear on key issues.
In this capstone seminar students have to write a 20-25 page research paper. Each seminar has a subtitle of a broad theme to allow students working in different world areas and thematic concentrations to work on their projects. The class works both as a seminar where students learn different theoretical and methodological approaches to a broad topic and as a space where they learn to write their own research paper. Students will be required to present their paper in a power point presentation or another type of creative project. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.
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