Why Study International Studies
International Studies prepares you to cross into other cultures and
navigate global networks of an ever-changing and interdependent world.
Majoring in international studies helps you gain awareness of
intercultural differences and important trends in international affairs.
You will learn how global linkages in the world’s economy, politics,
media, culture, and natural environment can bring benefits, but also
increase international tensions. The major is interdisciplinary.
Why Study International Studies at Ship
International Studies Program
offers an interdisciplinary array of courses to prepare students for
the challenges of the twenty-first century’s fast changing, globalized
world. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International
Studies, an International Studies Minor, and 4 different Areas Studies
Letters of Completion that promote knowledge of the countries and
cultures of the world as well as the forces of globalization knitting
them together. The program also sponsors educational and cultural events
to promote international understanding in the campus community.
Shippensburg University produces graduates who can interact with people
of different cultures and navigate global networks connecting the
world’s economies, governments, and societies.
Each fall semester the program co-sponsors International Education Week
with speakers, films, and activities promoting international
understanding and providing information on study abroad opportunities.
Every spring semester the program sponsors a series of campus-wide
events, featuring speakers and an annual film festival, related to a
particular global theme. Past themes include globalization, global
environment, and human rights. Each year’s theme also serves as the
topic of the International Studies Seminar (INT300). As part of their
regular course work, seminar students attend and discuss the talks and
films. Previous fall and spring-semester speakers have come from other
universities, the US and foreign governments, international
organizations, and the news media.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
International studies prepares graduates for a variety of careers
in the United States and abroad. Graduates typically find employment in
business, the federal government, international agencies, and social
service, educational and media organizations. Businesses need employees
who can operate in a multinational environment because exports, imports
and tourism contribute substantially to the US and Pennsylvania
economies. Federal agencies, such as the FBI and State Department, and
non-profit organizations, such as the Red Cross and UNICEF, require
employees with the intercultural and linguistic competency needed to
interact with foreign governments and peoples. Since the world’s
economic, political, and cultural spheres are increasingly
interconnected, the demand for graduates with international and
intercultural training is expected to grow in the future.