Welcome to the International Studies Program at Western Carolina University! Since its founding in 2001, the International Studies Program has grown to become one of the largest interdisciplinary majors in the University.
Our renowned affiliated faculty are all distinguished in their various fields. Our
students come from diverse backgrounds and go on to a myriad of graduate programs
and careers. One thing our students share in common is a deep interest in the issues,
events, and cultures of the world. Our program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and
a minor. From our program, students gain a firm grounding in an area of concentration
and have the flexibility to permit exploration from alternative perspectives. The
International Studies Program has close relationships with many departments, including
Political Science and Public Affairs, History, Philosophy and Religion, World Languages,
Anthropology and Sociology, English, Communication and the College of Business. In
the coming years, we hope to build greater connections to careers and job opportunities
by inviting professionals working in the fields of development, diplomacy, and global
security to come to campus and speak with our students. We are in the process of creating
meaningful mentoring relationships with our alumni serving in different capacities
in the United States and abroad.
We hope to create a clear path for our students to transition from their academic studies to a tangible successful career. If you are a major or minor International Studies student, we hope you continue your successful journey with us. If you are a prospective student, we hope you look closely at our program and what we offer.
With my best wishes,
Director, International Studies Program
Associate Professor of Political Science & International Studies
Political Science and Public Affairs