Welcome to the website of the International Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. With nearly three hundred hundred majors, International Studies continues to be one of the most rapidly growing majors in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. This academic major’s curriculum provides a broad, interdisciplinary background in international affairs drawing upon courses in economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, religious studies, and sociology/anthropology.
Our flexible major provides a core background in international affairs, and then enables students to focus on a “regional area of emphasis” (Africa/Middle East, the Americas, East Asia, and Europe) or a “global affairs area of emphasis” (international business, international environment and development, diplomacy and international security, and or intelligence and national security). All this can be closely integrated with study abroad programs, internships and service learning, international conferences, and Model United Nations. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our faculty, our curriculum, and numerous opportunities beyond the classroom.
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THE SUCCESSES OF OUR STUDENTS! International Studies majors have been remarkably successful lately in receiving prestigious national scholarships, WVU’s highest recognition at graduation, and admission to top graduate programs in the United States and abroad. Among our current and recent graduates, one has received a Truman Scholarship, two have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, two have received Boren Scholarships, and at least three now have Critical Language Scholarships. At this year’s graduation, four seniors were designated WVU Outstanding Seniors and two of them were among the eight University graduates inducted into the Order of Augusta—WVU’s highest academic recognition.
Beyond WVU, our graduates have been accepted to some of the most prominent graduate schools in the United States. These include the top international affairs programs at Georgetown (Walsh School), George Washington (Elliot School with Law), Syracuse (Maxwell), American University (SPIA), Pittsburgh (GSPIA), Kentucky (Patterson School), Denver (Korbel School), and the University of Washington (Jackson School). Others have gone abroad for graduate studies and been accepted to such schools as the London School of Economics, the University of London, the University of Manchester, the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, and (via WVU’s Atlantis Program) Collegium Civitas in Poland and the University of Tartu in Estonia. Still other graduates with second majors in Agriculture and Biology have gone on to prestigious programs in international agriculture at Cornell University and international public health at the University of Pittsburgh.