The international studies major is distinguished by its insistence on study and residency in at least one non-U.S. culture. A flexible curriculum meets a wide range of academic interests and career goals. The program combines academic theory and course work with practice-based research and fieldwork. This is supported by the intellectual and creative challenge of a senior thesis. This falls under the global politics and societies (GPS) department which includes four separate major programs of study in sociology, religious studies, political science, and international studies and one minor program of study in social justice.
International Studies Major
International studies major combines courses in the social and natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. Students focus on the political, economic, and diplomatic relations among nations and peoples. International studies majors may also pursue course work in a second major. These fields include political science, economics, business, foreign language, history, or religion.
What You'll Learn
A Greater Understanding of the Middle East and Arab Peoples
It’s been one of the most impactful experiences of my education and of my time at Hollins. [It] changed the way I look at other parts of the world. Trying to achieve an objective truth is very difficult, but looking at and comparing the ways we look at different countries versus how they see themselves is definitely something for which this trip has helped me grow skills and insight.Hayley Harrington engaged in a study visit to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar as part of a fellowship sponsored by the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations
Inspire Awareness to Conserve and Protect the Wildlife of Costa Rica
Potter will be spending two weeks volunteering with the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center (CRARC). “Costa Rica is globally recognized for its biodiversity: one in every 20 plant or animal species can be found there. Unfortunately, due to human actions, Costa Rica also has over 100 species on the endangered list. Luckily, there are organizations seeking to combat this threat.” Potter discovered the nonprofit CRARC in the town of Cebadilla, which is located close to San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and largest city. “Their mission is to rescue animals who are victims of pollution, logging, electrical lines, illegal pet trade, and human cruelty.”Lilly Potter, double major in English and international studies
Strong Background for a Global Perspective
The greatest thing I have learned as an international studies major is the importance of having a global perspective in an increasingly interconnected world. The interdisciplinary curriculum of international studies provided me with a strong background in multiple subject areas, including history, languages, religion, anthropology, and even ethno-botany.Sarah Rhodes, now working at Fortress Investment Group, New York City