International Studies Major
Students majoring in International Studies begin with foundational coursework in international relations, economics, geography, and sociology/anthropology, and complete their degree requirements with a senior research project. To prepare for this, they develop their own specialization drawing on courses from three thematic areas: Global Development; Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace Building; and Humanitarianism and Social Justice. The challenges and perils that face the global community are multifaceted and complex. Students acquire different sets of knowledge, tools, and perspectives to deal with the complexities that face local to global communities.
Complementary Studies and International Opportunities
Students complement their International Studies major with coursework in related departments like politics, economics, sociology, history or foreign languages, and in the Dolan School of Business. Many students also pursue related interdisciplinary programs, such as environmental studies, women's studies, peace and justice, and area studies with which International Studies works especially closely. They also study economics and business emphasizing multinational organizations and regional trade pacts, economic and political systems, socio-cultural structures, microfinance and diversities that have operational significance for community and economic development and international business.
The International Studies Program reinforces multidimensional learning with real-world experience through language studies, service learning, Model United Nations, the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship, internships, and study abroad opportunities, and through work with our faculty on research projects. Therefore students are expected to engage in one or more of these forms of experiential learning.
Graduation with Honors in International Studies
Fairfield University has a campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the national honor society for international studies. Students must have attained a junior standing and completed at least twenty-one hours of course work toward the International Studies/Business major. Students with an overall GPA of 3.30 or greater and a GPA of 3.40 or higher in their International Studies or International Business major are nominated for membership.