Do you enjoy languages and other cultures? Do you see yourself working overseas or in Washington D.C. tackling issues of national security, human rights or natural disasters?
International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students for graduate school or eventual international careers in diplomacy, economic development, international security or business.
You might be a country or issue specialist working for a government agency like the Department of Defense or the C.I.A. You could be a political risk analyst working for a consulting group, a development bank or multinational company. You could be using your business skills to manage exciting economic development projects in Latin America, Asia or Africa. The job possibilities are limitless for students from the University of Tennessee at Martin who have the right analytical and language skills and who are effective working in other cultures.
Students take a general core program of political science, economics, geography and history to get a world view. Then they select a concentration, with the assistance of their advisors, that combines technical skills with functional knowledge of either Strategic Studies or Business and Economic Development. They spend time going on exciting study trips to foreign countries, or they might choose to spend a summer, semester or year abroad refining their language skills with one of UTM’s “sister” universities. Internships and service projects are strongly encouraged. The student must complete the following requirements:
* denotes required courses
Though other concentrations with a distinguishable international focus may also be considered, these two concentrations are suggested.
Students must minor in French, German, Japanese or Spanish. International students and resident aliens for whom it is determined that English is a second language may minor in English. A minor consists of at least 12 hours numbered 300 or above, plus any prerequisite courses.
Majors must participate in at least one (3 hours) travel study program in a foreign country. The remaining 3 hours may be satisfied by a program with international content such as the Washington travel study which must be approved by the Coordinator of International Studies. The travel study portion enables students to extend subject matter competence, develop language proficiency, refine career interests and develop sensitivity to other cultures. Although students may participate in any approved study-abroad program, it is strongly recommended that students take advantage of the many foreign-study opportunities available at UT Martin which involve a summer, one semester, or a year.
Students will demonstrate ability to examine an issue from multiple perspectives, to draw connections and patterns among issues and to predict changes as innovation occurs, be able to explain the interaction among international actors, public and private, and demonstrate problem-solving skills in inter-agency simulations, attain technical, analytical, research, writing and presentation skills that reflect a broad theoretical and practical background to be competitive in career and internship markets, and gain a growing appreciation and sensitivity to different cultures through active engagement in travel study, service and study abroad programs.
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