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International Studies

By its very nature—complex, interconnected, change-prone, and operating across both levels of analysis and time—the academic study of international phenomena is not amenable to traditional disciplinary boundaries. In recognition of this reality, the international studies (INS) major is multi-disciplinary, with an emphasis in the core disciplines of political studies, history and economics, together with intensive training in foreign languages and research methods. Students will emerge from the program with a grasp of the major theories, methods and substantive issues pertinent to the study of international political, social and economic phenomena, and prepared to pursue careers in government, law, international non- or inter-governmental organizations, the military or academia, among others.

 

Faculty

History, politics, foreign languages, economics, community development, and psychology faculty are all integrated into the international studies major program.

 

"The international studies major prepares students with the theories, methods, and languages needed to engage the world in meaningful ways."
- Dr. Cale Horne, professor of political science

 

International Studies Coursework

Students will encounter coursework across disciplines, including:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • International Economics
  • Terrorism

 

Study Abroad

Students in the international studies program will undertake an academic study abroad, typically during their junior year.

 

Ella Sahertian

Covenant Outcomes

"Majoring in international studies at Covenant helped me discern the part I can play in God's work in the world. Covenant's emphasis on calling and love for others have encouraged me to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University, not merely as a way of personal or career advancement, but to further equip myself to serve God and others."
- Ella Sahertian '18

 

Recent Student Internships

  • US Mission to the World Trade Organization
  • International Road Transport Union
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • US State Department Foreign Language School
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Zaatari Refugee Camp
  • Jordan & Sacred Road Ministries
  • Yakama Native American Reservation
  • Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC Future Career Paths
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • World Relief
  • United Way
  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs

 

The INS major is overseen by the International Studies Program Committee.

 

Program, Courses, and Requirements

Major

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Art

  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor

Biology

  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor

Business

  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor

Chemistry

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor

Economics & Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Economics 
  • Community Development minor
  • Economics minor

Education

  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration

English

  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Linguistics minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History & Politics

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 

International Studies

  • International Studies 

Mathematics

  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor

Music

  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Theory/Composition Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor

Philosophy

  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor

Physics

  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 

Psychology

  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor

Sociology

  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor

Theatre

  • Theatre 
  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor