We cross borders.
Our world has become globalized, with organizations, corporations, and individuals from around the world interacting on a daily basis. International Studies majors learn the importance of understanding and experiencing diverse cultures and the skills to work together on solutions to global challenges.
All International Studies majors study abroad for at least one semester, at one of dozens of programs managed by our Global Education Office. Majors also engage in “experiential learning” to link real-world experiences to classroom-based learning. Other opportunities to make such linkages exist on campus as well, through our vibrant Model United Nations program, the student-run International Studies Council, foreign language “coffee hours” and lectures from internationally known speakers sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture.
After graduation, our majors go on to apply their education and skills in a wide range of careers, including business, journalism, teaching, politics, and international and public service. Double majors also find International Studies a useful supplement to all of Washington College’s major fields of study.
International Studies is an interdisciplinary major, coordinated by the departments of anthropology, business management, economics, history, modern languages, and political science. There is no minor in International Studies, though non-majors (and majors) are encouraged to pursue a regional or functional concentration.
Learning the ways of indigenous peoples, bringing backpacks to schoolchildren, and getting face time with elephants? This sure isn’t Chestertown.
Several Washington College students are spending their summer internships in the Muslim world, where they’re gaining a greater understanding of other cultures, as well as themselves.
Taking on an ambitious challenge, members of Washington College’s International Studies Council are organizing the College’s first Model United Nations conference for high school students.