Coordinator: Sharon R. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
The international studies major is an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.A. degree. It is designed to educate students in the theoretical, substantive, and ethical dimensions of both the methods through which countries and international organizations interact and the problems that affect the world as a single unit. It also seeks to develop in each student a recognition and understanding of cultures outside those of the United States. The INS program helps to prepare students to enter careers in government, the foreign diplomatic service, intelligence agencies, international business, journalism, international law, and international service organizations. It is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in more specialized areas.
INS majors take at least four courses in one foreign language at or above the advanced level, ensuring that they are able to read, write and speak a foreign language. Being equipped with these skills gives them the edge as they enter the workforce or graduate school.
Study abroad is also required for INS majors because it gives them the opportunity to examine another society through personal observation and experience. Nazareth has a wide variety of study abroad programs for its students through our Center for International Education.
INS majors have the option to double major in international studies and inclusive childhood/middle childhood education to achieve teacher certification. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 before beginning student teaching.