Why Major in International Studies?
- Gain a competitive edge in the global workforce.
- Acquire first-hand experiences with diverse cultures, people and places.
- Develop leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Broaden cultural awareness, appreciation and engagement.
- Gain a global perspective that places the United States as one player on the
- Explore new academic subjects and interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Increase relevant experiences and marketability for continuing education and
careers in a global economy.
- Internationalize one’s network of peers/colleagues.
- Work with faculty and mentors in small group and one-on-one situations.
- Recognize cultural biases.
- Critically analyze stereotypes, generalizations and media accounts based on
- Appreciate one’s own culture based on international experience.
- Connect international experiences to other coursework.
- Frame issues in global context.
- Enhance one’s skill in intercultural communication.
- Increase language skills and fluency.
- Increase one’s skills in areas of academic, personal or professional
interest by exploring how those areas of interest are pursued or developed in
other nations and culture.
- Increase confidence, resourcefulness and resilience in handling dynamic
situations which arise in international travel and cultural exchanges.
- Represent UNCW, North Carolina and the United States as an ambassador of
Because International Studies is an interdisciplinary major, many of its courses are drawn from courses with an international focus offered by other departments and schools. These courses make double majoring much easier.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. -
Martin Luther King, Jr.