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The International Studies major prepares students for today’s more globalized world. Whether you plan to work in your home state, like Tennessee, Washington DC, or abroad, understanding our complex world is a crucial skill, and there are wide range of career opportunities for graduates.
UT Martin’s Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies is an interdisciplinary experience meaning that students are required to take a variety of core classes from political science, economics, geography, and history, among others, to get a well-rounded view of the world. This is complemented with a language minor, and travel-study or study abroad requirements that provide invaluable experiential learning. Finally, UT Martin offers students two concentrations to choose from within the International Studies major: Business and Economic Development and Strategic Studies.
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Students consult with their advisors to design a set of courses that will prepare them for careers in either Business and Economic Development or Strategic Studies. Other concentrations with a distinguishable international focus may also be considered.
Business and Economic Development Concentration (18-21 hours)
This concentration prepares students for eventual careers or further study in emerging markets or developing countries. Combined with their core courses, the cluster would position students for eventual careers in international business, government aid programs, economic development, country risk analysis, humanitarian and disaster relief. There is a strong demand for well qualified international project managers and analysts with consulting companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the US government, development banks and UN agencies.
Analysis and Business Skills (9 hours)
Though other courses will be considered, suggested courses include:
Area of Study (9 hours)
Students choose courses as approved by advisor. Some suggested areas of study include: Sociology, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Geography or Health.
Strategic Studies Concentration (18-21 hours)
This concentration prepares students for work as analysts with government agencies, the military, private contractors or international organizations.
Students choose from:
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. Students may wish to receive a recognition of proficiency, which requires 15 hours. It is highly recommended that students take an additional year of a second foreign language.
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.
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