Majors, Minors, & Certificates

International Studies

In today’s world, how we live-- our jobs, our culture, our society-- is affected by how we interact both directly and indirectly with others across our borders. The International Studies minor helps the student to participate in these interactions to enhance their careers and daily lives.

Program Highlights

  • Focus on understanding how globalization affects the marginalized and the poor throughout the world.
  • Integration of coursework with study abroad, foreign language and extracurricular activities.
  • Annual Joint Student Conference on Globalization with Concordia University [Montreal, Canada] hosted on alternate years on the campus of Concordia and Siena through the Introduction to Globalization Studies course.
  • Study Abroad requirement in the country of the student’s choice.
  • Travel courses to such areas as Italy, Greece, Scandinavia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Ireland.
  • Joint computer-assisted courses with universities in Canada and Bolivia.
  • Preparation for careers in banking, international development, international education, international organizations (e.g., United Nations), investment, law, marketing, health care, Peace Corps and tourism.

Skills Developed

  • Adaptability
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Communication and presentation
  • Foreign language
  • Social responsibility
  • Awareness of diversity and complexity
  • Ability to work cross-culturally

Employers of our Graduates

  • International Communications Company
  • Arab Studies Institute, George Mason University
  • US Travel Association
  • Peace Corps
  • United Nations
  • PNC Bank
  • International Partner Services, APICS
  • Kraft Foods
  • Key Bank
  • Petsmart
  • Semester at Sea
  • Patek Philippe
  • Global Wealth Management
  • YMCA
  • Metrix Learning
  • UC Davis Dining Services
  • Intrax Cultural Exchange
  • Grameen Foundation

International Studies

The International Studies minor complements all majors and prepares students to “address the challenges of an ever-changing” world and diverse society. Students will examine how their personal decisions and those of U.S. Citizens affect and are being affected by decisions beyond our borders. They will also see that most careers, whether in the arts, non-profit, health, business, social policy/action are pursued within a global context.