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Learning Abroad


Getting Started

Your journey begins here:

  • Meet with an advisor to discuss interests and explore focus areas
  • Begin the Introductory Core Classes by choosing a Peoples course and a Challenges course
  • Begin language coursework at the 1010 level (check with an advisor if you have previous language experience)

Making Progress

Deepen your knowledge and build connections:

  • Complete the Introductory Core classwork with a Systems course
  • Enroll in INTL 3000 - Foundations of International Studies
  • Continue your language coursework
  • Earn credit through study abroad or a global internship

Choose your International Studies focus area:

  • Culture and Identity
  • Development and Sustainability
  • Foreign Relations and Security
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights
  • Trade and Commerce
  • European Studies

Finishing Up

Bring it all together:

  • Complete your coursework with approved electives at or above the 5000-level
  • Complete your language requirements with two courses at or above the 3000-level
  • Consider adding a CLAC section


Getting Started

Explore your new home:

Making Progress

Build relationships:

Strengthen ties:

Finishing Up

Expand your community:

Knowledge & Skills

Getting Started

Learn about new resources:

Making Progress

Build your knowledge and hone essential skills:

Deepen your knowledge and expand your skills:

Finishing Up

Use what you have learned:

  • Attend or present research at an academic conference
  • Seek mentoring opportunities with professionals
  • Take a test prep course for your graduate school applications (GRE, GMAT, etc.) at Continuing Education


Getting Started

Discover new opportunities:

Making Progress

Expand your horizons:

Give meaning to your experience:

Finishing Up

Reach beyond campus:

  • Complete a global internship
  • Submit a research paper to the Hinckley Journal
  • Apply for the Oxford Human Rights Consortium
  • Apply for post-grad fellowships


Getting Started

Survey the possibilities:

  • Brainstorm a list of topics you care about
  • Connect to campus events and use your Arts Pass
  • Attend MUSE Casual Fridays
  • Live in the Bennion Service House

Making Progress

Make the most of new opportunities:

  • Identify a community or topic where you want to make an impact
  • Identify and engage with an organization for leadership opportunities
  • Apply to the Bennion Scholars Program

You can make an impact in many ways:

  • Work with your faculty mentor on an impact project
  • Connect with a MUSE professor
  • Apply to be a MUSE Scholar

Finishing Up

Expand your range:

  • Become a mentor for other students
  • Complete the Bennion Scholars Capstone
  • Apply for Presidential Ambassadorship


Getting Started

Explore potential futures:

  • Activate your Handshake account
  • Find career paths at the Going Global Career Panel
  • Visit the CPDC
  • Explore Careers through CPDC workshops, Meet and Eat events, and Career Treks

Making Progress

Gain insight and experience:

  • Apply for a job on campus
  • Make internship connections at the Going Global Career Panel
  • Attend the Career Fair
  • Draft your resume and get feedback

Begin to network and build your profile:

  • Consider taking HUM 3960 - Humanities Career Compass
  • Meet with a Career Coach
  • Speak with an advisor about connecting with alumni
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and review alumni profiles

Finishing Up

Plan, prepare, and launch:

  • Join AlumniFire
  • Network for career opportunities at the Going Global Career Panel
  • Attend the Career Conference
  • Practice mock interviews

Start Your Career Journey

Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)

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About the Major

In an increasingly globalized world, we all have a responsibility to be educated about contemporary issues and our own international presence. International Studies at the U helps students anchor their education in an understanding of how global challenges and worldwide systems shape the human experience.

In this major, you will gain descriptive, analytical, and methodological tools to understand the world and the United States from global perspectives. You will hone these tools through interdisciplinary coursework drawn from a variety of subjects such as communication, geography, history, political science, and foreign language. To deepen your understanding of global and international issues, you can explore the following themes in your studies: Culture & Identity, Global Health, Foreign Relations & Security, Development & Sustainability, European Studies, Trade & Commerce, and Human Rights. This major is flexible and can be paired with pre-health courses, a minor, a second major, and/or co-curricular activities.

This combination of classroom and experiential learning enables you to reflect on ways to tailor your education to suit your interests, passions, and future goals. You will participate in a global internship or study abroad and further develop your language and critical thinking skills. Through interdisciplinary coursework, language study, and direct international experience provided in the International Studies major, you will graduate with practiced skills and leave the U able to reconcile multiple perspectives, communicate across cultures, and bring a global perspective to a variety of career paths.

Learning Outcomes

  • Global Perspective: Gain broad interdisciplinary knowledge of international, transnational, and global issues.
  • Critical Thinking: Learn to critically examine transnational questions, issues, topics, and themes.
  • Communication: Learn to effectively engage within linguistic and cultural contexts that are not your own.
  • Civic Engagement: Develop skills to support continued learning, effectively address transnational concerns, and serve communities and organizations at home and abroad.

Plan & Prepare

At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.

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Last Updated: 4/12/22