The International Studies Program at Fairfield offers a unique, interdisciplinary program focused on addressing international problems and issues. Through a wide range of courses, the program aims to heighten global awareness while addressing conflicts stemming from gender, race, nationality, class, environment and development. In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business, International Studies is offered as both a major and minor.
International Studies requirements include foundational coursework in geography, international relations, economics, and sociology/anthropology. Students also take five electives that often meet requirements for a dual-major orminor in disciplines from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business. Most electives also satisfy general core requirements for our majors.
Our program offers faculty with diverse international research experiences. Our faculty bring expertise from an array of discplines within the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business fields. You can find faculty with expertise in countries that span the world, including Brazil, China, Guatemala, Jamaica, Morocco, and Russia.
We require our majors and minors to have at least on experiential learning activity that could include an internship, a semester or summer abroad, or participation in a service learning project. The majority of our majors and minors usually opt to enhance their language and cross cultural skills through a study abroad experience.
Our students graduate with the skills necessary for a successful career in public service, education, business, law and nonprofit services, as well as the background to pursue a range of graduate programs. During the academic year, we organize events that give our students ample opportunities to meet successful alumni and other regional employers through roundtable lunches and evening presentations.