The major in International Studies combines an advanced curriculum in Arabic, French, German or Spanish language and culture with structured training in a professional field.
The professional fields include:
- Business and Management
- Computer and Information Science
- Environmental Studies
- International Affairs
- Journalism and Screen Studies
- Museum Studies
- Natural Sciences
A third component, Cognates, offers courses which reinforce the international context and enable students to integrate the two primary components.
The International Studies concentration consists of 42 semester hours of upper-division courses taken in three component areas.
Component I: Language and Culture
18 hours of upper-level courses in either French, German or Spanish.
Component II: Professional Studies
15 hours of upper level courses in one of the following disciplines: Art Administration, Business and Management, Communications, Computer and Information Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, or Political Science (International Affairs).
Component III: Cognates
9 hours of upper-level courses in fields such as Anthropology, Art History, Economics and Political Science including, if desired, a three-hour internship.
Study Abroad, Internships, and Co-ops
Internships and Co-ops
Area businesses and government agencies offer International Studies concentrators a range of internship and co-op experiences. Such on-the-job involvement enables students to supplement their course work with invaluable practical training and to prepare themselves better for future careers in the business world.
University internship and co-op coordinators assist students in finding appropriate placements and monitor the work they undertake in these off-campus assignments.
International Studies students are also encouraged to get involved in student organizations in Language, Culture and Communication, in CASL and across campus.
International business representatives
The location of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus in a western suburb of Detroit offers students the cultural and academic advantages of an urban setting. It also affords them numerous contacts with American and foreign firms and government agencies, based in the metropolitan area, which conduct their business on an international level.
Every semester, representatives from these firms and agencies are invited to campus to lecture in courses and meet program concentrators. They also frequently participate in round-table discussions where they express their views on topics of concern in international business and relations.
The International Studies program directly addresses the needs of employers in the Detroit area and elsewhere who are increasingly involved in international trade and who require employees with a knowledge of other cultures, languages, and economic systems in addition to a solid professional background.
Officers of multi-national corporations in Detroit who were consulted regarding the design of the International Studies curriculum indicate a strong employment potential for graduates of the program. Listed below are a few of the occupational opportunities available to them.
- Business and Commerce
International Purchasing Agent
International Marketing Coordinator
Executive and Managerial positions
- Banking and Financial Personnel
International Banking Officer
- Government Service (Local, State and Federal)
Foreign Service Officer
- Interpreting and Translating
International Organizations and Conferences
- Travel and Tourism
- International Law
- Scientific and Engineering positions
- Business and Commerce