Why major in Global and International Studies at a liberal arts college like The College of Wooster?
Students who want to major in international studies will find that a liberal arts college gives them a good foundation in core courses while offering the flexibility of choosing courses that fit a student’s passion. At Wooster, Global and International Studies majors take a blend of economics, history, and political science courses in small classes led by full-time faculty members dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Language courses and participation in an overseas term give students a well-rounded education that prepares them for a variety of career paths.
Global and International Studies in Economics, History, or Political Science at The College of Wooster
The College of Wooster’s Global and International Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses, faculty, and other resources from the economics, history, and political science departments. Students benefit from small classes led by full-time faculty dedicated to undergraduate teaching and have flexibility to design a course of study to fit their passions. The College of Wooster is also recognized as Ohio’s most global campus because of the number of international students who make up the student body and the robust interest our students have in studying abroad. In addition to classes that build skills in critical analysis and research, all students at The College of Wooster complete an independent study under the guidance of a faculty member.
Most Global and International Studies majors complete a term of overseas study from a long list of Wooster-endorsed programs. The overseas experience is typically at least one semester. The College assists students in selecting programs and making arrangements. These overseas opportunities permit students to travel virtually anywhere in the world, from Kenya, Spain, Australia, and Nicaragua to the Czech Republic, France, and China and often use the research from their time abroad to form the foundation for their senior independent study.
At Wooster, the major in Global and International Studies adopts a global focus and an interdisciplinary approach. The Global and International Studies major program consists of courses in Political Science, History, and Economics. At the time they declare a major, students select one of these three departments as their home department. Students are also required to take one foreign language course beyond the first four beginning and intermediate courses and participate in an Overseas Term.
Like all Wooster students, Global and International Studies majors complete independent research guided by faculty mentors in their home department. After completing the methods coursework required by the home department, and, in most cases, the Overseas Term, each student researches and then writes a senior thesis on a topic of particular interest. Recent projects have included: The European Union and the Limits of Cooperation, The Reversal of Development in Argentina, Intervention in Genocide, Economic Satisfaction: Public Opinion and War Proneness, States vs. Terrorists, Analysis of the Deterioration of U.S.-Cuban Relations, Globalization and Political Violence in Italy, and The Impact of Women’s Leadership at the United Nations.
Marco Roccato reflects upon the opportunity to “bring the Wooster spirit into the Athens Democracy Forum" again. The senior global and international studies major recently returned from the event that brings together global leaders to discuss current topics in relation to democracy.
Graduates of the Global and International Studies Program at Wooster choose a wide variety of career paths. A number of recent graduates have entered directly into careers with international agencies, businesses, or non-governmental organizations. Alumni have taken positions in the Peace Corps, at multinational corporations, in the State Department, various relief agencies, advocacy groups or other types of non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations.
Some Wooster graduates have chosen professional degree programs in international business or journalism, while others have gone on to law school for the study of international and environmental law. Global and International Studies students have been accepted to prestigious universities such as the London School of Economics, American University Law School, Case Western Reserve University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Regardless of the path they choose, Global and International Studies alumni report that they are using skills developed and refined at Wooster. The rigorous nature of the major program helps prepare our graduates for productive lives of service as global citizens. The Independent Study experience provides special training in writing, research, critical thinking and communication skills—all of which empower graduates in their positions in the corporate world or nonprofit organizations. And the program’s commitment to global engagement helps empower our graduates to seek out additional opportunities to live and work abroad.