International Studies - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year
Use your academic advisor and the peer advising program to explore International Studies and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses, given your interest. What core courses fit best with your career goals? Work them into your schedule. What knowledge, skills and values do you need?
My goal as an International Studies major is to leave college with the skills needed to create effective change and find innovative solutions on a global scale to the many issues and challenges our world faces. Without foresight and comprehension of how our decisions will most likely impact the international community, our generation cannot adequately resolve any major issues. The first step to improving the world we live in is educating ourselves and thinking critically about the diverse, complex, and incredible world we live in.
- Kathryn Keane '11; International Studies
Real World Experience
The International Studies program, a collaborative effort of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Dolan School of Business, offers a major and minor in International Studies, and a major in International Business with a complimentary major or minor in the Dolan School of Business. The program offers you the flexibility to integrate courses in both schools into your plan of study, and reinforces multidimensional learning with real-world experience through Service Learning, Internships, Model United Nations, Study Abroad opportunities, Advanced language training, Academic Partnerships, and International Scholarships and Fellowships.
I chose to be an International Business major because of all the opportunities it provides. It gives you not just a background in the business world but a foundation in the humanities as well. In the changing world economy, international business provides the flexibility to work in a variety of fields. My interests are leading me to the fields of international government organizations as well as the not-for-profit sector. At Fairfield, I have been able to explore these interests through the International Studies department as well as through the International Business/Studies Club and Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies Honor Society. With International Business, the opportunities are endless and I encourage others to take advantage of them.
- Tara Hurley '10; International Business & Management
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As an International Studies major, how can you use your time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experience?.
Because of my internships and some of the courses that I took during my time at Fairfield University, I found that it was very important to have an International Business Degree. Globalization is changing the way companies do business. Now, more than ever, we should inform ourselves of the global world, as every business and individual is affected by global events. I believe that with a degree in International Business, I will set myself apart from my colleagues because I will have the tools for understanding the global environment and the way different countries do business. My goal is to eventually work in Brazil, and be able to use my International Business Degree to facilitate communication between the U.S. and Brazil.
- Marina Barbosa '11; Accounting & International Business; Deloitte & Touche
The International Studies Program reinforces multidimensional learning with real-world experience through language studies, service learning, Model United Nations, the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship, internships, and study abroad opportunities, and through work with our faculty in research projects and as student teaching assistants.
Use the Core Wisely
Consider a variety of possible language options, including Portuguese, or critical languages such as Mandarin Chinese and Russian, both of which are connected to the Eurasia Project.
Get started early with a student club that operates under the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA USA) and is open to all undergraduates in any major. A minimum of three conferences per year (two national and one international) enable selected members to compete with peers from all over the world, while feeding their interest in current events, increasing their public speaking skills, and opening up their minds to the political, social, and economic landscape of other countries.
The Eurasia Project
The Critical Languages Eurasia Initiative encourages the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and Russian, as well as the cultures, history, and politics of Central Asia. Critical languages are languages that business, non-profit and government leaders identify as critical to the economic, humanitarian and political interests of the United States.
Employers in international business and law, global humanitarian action, media and communication, and government seek individuals who are able to work in these language. Students involved with the Eurasia initiative typically major in International Studies, History, Modern Languages and Literature, Politics and related disciplines, and minor in Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies, Modern Languages, or International Studies.
Get plugged into our many professional associations and organizations:
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
"The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) comprises 34 member schools in North America, Asia and Europe dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security." (From APSIA website, "About Us," 2008).
"The International Studies Association (ISA) was founded in 1959 to promote research and education in international affairs. With well over four thousand members in North America and around the world, ISA is the most well respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. ISA cooperates with 57 international studies organizations in over 30 countries, is a member of the International Social Science Council, and has nongovernmental consultative status with the United Nations." (From the ISA website, "About the ISA," 2009).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
"UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the minds of men." (From the UNESCO website, "About UNESCO," 2007).
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to International Studies majors.