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International Studies

International Studies at Elmira College encompasses, and overlaps with many disciplines such as Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Economics, International Business, Political Science, Sociology, and various language studies, to name a few. As a result, there are numerous possibilities of specialization. For example, one may specialize in the study of different peoples through learning their languages and literature. One may decide to deepen understanding on economic and political dynamics between international actors such as states or international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, or the European Union. One may also study various aspects of societies and peoples of a specific geographical area of the world. Consequently, a degree in International Studies can lead to a wide variety of career paths, and the possibilities are limited only by one’s imagination.

At Elmira College, the International Studies program’s requirements encompass a wide array of learning experiences, with the goal introducing students to the three areas of international studies: European, Asian, and General, while providing a curriculum that will teach students to think and write critically and analytically.

International Studies majors, in addition to several basic requirements, complete the requirements for one of the three areas. Special emphasis is placed on foreign language skills and cross-cultural experiences. It is strongly recommended that students plan to participate in one or more of Elmira College’s study abroad opportunities.

Several different opportunities at Elmira College relate to the field of International Relations, such as the Model United Nations Club and the International Club, study abroad opportunities, and Internship opportunities at the United Nations in New York City. A Term III course “The Model United Nations Security Council” is offered regularly, which including a trip to the United Nations headquarters, and in the past some students have been able to participate in the international Model United Nations.