By Hunter Maples '17 | Vol. 3 Issue 1
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a semester in a foreign country?
As an International Studies major at Texas A&M, you will have the opportunity to participate in a 10 to 14 week international experience built right into your degree plan. A B.A. in International Studies INTS is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on the relationships between social, cultural, political and economic forces in a global context.
At the heart of the program is the study of a foreign language. The curriculum requires a minimum of 20 credit hours in your selected foreign language at the collegiate level in order to graduate. From there, the degree stems into six different tracks. Each track directs your coursework toward a specific, more refined focus of interest. You can choose from Global Media Studies, Commerce, Global Cultural Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Studies. Each has its own unique perspective on the comprehensive and increasingly interconnected forces of the world.
International Studies majors are also responsible for completing nine credit hours of area studies related to Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Middle East, and the study abroad program that emphasizes cultural and language immersion. This allows students to truly experience the world, and gives them a competitive edge when pursuing careers in international business, government and academia, to name a few. The International Studies program is designed to provide you with skills necessary for a wide range of careers. Upon graduation, an INTS major will have mastered the language proficiency, analytic skills, substantive knowledge and cultural sensitivity it takes to be successful in any globalized career.
Dinah Hannaford, Ph.D, Assistant Professor for the Department of International Studies had this advice for someone considering a B.A. in INTS, "Are you interested in travel, culture, world affairs and current events? A major in International Studies allows you to explore global issues from a dynamic, interdisciplinary perspective tailored to your own specific interests. Your training in languages, theories, and contemporary issues will expand your worldview and enhance your value on the global job market."
Marta Herrera '18, is an International Studies major preparing to study abroad in Spain.
Tell us about your trip!
I will be studying in Seville, Spain for a whole semester. My language for the International Studies major is Spanish, so I’m really excited to be able to use it! I just signed up for all of my classes, actually. My entire coursework will be advanced Spanish courses.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I’m really looking forward to being immersed in such a different culture. I’ve been to South America, but never to Europe, so it’ll be new to me. It will be really cool to be surrounded by the Spanish language and culture.
Was the trip hard to organize?
No, not at all. The Study Abroad office and the INTS department were both very helpful. It was a pretty independent process, but for the most part it was straightforward. I just went to Houston to get my visa!
What made you decide to be an International Studies major? How did you choose your track?
I grew up in a really diverse environment. I’ve always been interested in different cultures and looking at the world from a bigger perspective. I also love to travel, so it was perfect for me! I chose the Global Media track. My original plan was to be a journalist in a Spanish speaking country, so the media track seemed like the right choice. It’s so broad though, so I have lots of options.