INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM AT VIRGINIA TECH
Established in 1967, Virginia Tech's International
Studies Program is the oldest program of its kind in the state
of Virginia. It offers a broad training in the liberal arts
and human sciences, emphasisizing the study of foreign languages,
and a specialization in a degree concentration. The program's
curriculum reflects Virginia Tech's firm belief in the importance
of understanding many aspects of the world community for the
education of the leaders of tomorrow.
JOINS THE PROGRAM?
In a word, IS students share a keen interest in exploring
the world beyond the borders of the United States. The International
Studies Program attracts students who are interested in history,
politics, religion, geography, economics, languages, and diverse
nationalities and cultures. It is an attractive major for
those wishing to pursue a career in international business,
government service, journalism, teaching, and international
development work. Students develop proficiency in at least
one foreign language and many choose to study abroad for a
semester or a year in order to further their education in
another country. IS students form a major field concentration
around one of four degree "options" -- World Politics
and Policy; International Business; Environmental Affairs;
and Global Development. Students are thus able to tailor their
major to meet their own interests and leverage these toward
their specific career goals.
The International Studies Program requires
a significant amount of course work in at least one foreign
language, usually French, German, Russian or Spanish. A significant
number of our students form a minor or a second major in one
of these foreign languages. And a significant number of IS
students double major in history, geography, or economics
because much of the IS program overlaps these departments'
curricular offerings. Thus, a typical IS major graduates not
only with a diversified liberal arts education and a specialization
in a foreign language, but also a degree concentration and
one or two minors or a double major in another discipline.
DOES A GRADUATING SENIOR DO WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
The International Studies major is not designed to teach a
specific trade or prepare for students to perform a highly
specialized task. Instead, it hones particular intellectual
skills that are applicable in many different professions and
emphasizes knowledge and understanding of international affairs,
broadly defined. Our students graduate with the best of problem-
solving skills: critical and analytical thinking.
International Studies students learn to apply critical thinking
and writing skills to an understanding of contemporary global
issues and the challenges they present to the world community.
A wide variety of career opportunties abound for students
who graduate with this unique degree. Alumni of the International
Studies Program include vice-presidents of major banks; managers
in multinational corporations; foreign service officers; civil
servants in the Pentagon and United States intelligence agencies;
foreign aid administrators; teachers at high schools and colleges;
journalists; lawyers; Peace Corps volunteers; and military
officers. In addition, graduates of the International Studies
Program have been admitted to some of the most prestigious
law and graduate schools in the country.
THE WORLD IN BLACKSBURG
Virginia Tech is committed to establishing itself as a truly
global university. The International Studies Program is but
one of Virginia Tech's strategic initiatives aimed at leveraging
the university's many strengths in global venues. Its programs
are committed to international outreach, internationalizing
curricula university wide, and promoting study abroad programs
in all regions of the world. Over 1,400 international students
are enrolled at Virginia Tech in any given year. A wide array
of social and cultural activities are organized on campus
by the Cranwell International Center, providing American students
with the opportunity to make friends from abroad, improve
their language skills, and gain a greater understanding of
world cultures. Many international student organizations are
active on campus as well.
Please browse around our website and acquaint
yourself with the Program. And welcome to International Studies!
Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis