Division of Social Sciences
To inquire about this program:
Ghassan Shabaneh | 212-774-4824 | E-mail
The last twenty years has witnessed the end of the cold war, the dramatic expansion of information technology and intensified global economic integration. There has also been a concurrent rise in sectarian fundamentalism, ethnic nationalism and the gulf between rich and poor. In our linked world, the ability to see patterns in disparate events and places has never been more critical.
The MMC Advantage
Why Choose MMC?
The International Studies Program at MMC provides students with a cross-cultural perspective to help them analyze and evaluate contemporary issues from a global viewpoint. The program strives to equip students with comprehensive training that is interdisciplinary, with a specific emphasis on political science, economics, and history. The curriculum is built around core courses that investigate the institutions and dynamics of the global economy and international politics, as well as the historical origins of the international system. These core courses are supplemented with study in related coursework in geography, history, sociology, and foreign languages, as well as courses that explore the cultural dimension of human communities. Particular stress has been placed on the areas of human rights, development, war and peace, globalization, social movements, comparative cultures, as well as gender and ethnic relations.
Learning Goals for the Major in International Studies
Upon completing the major in international studies, students will be able to:
International Studies Minor
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of global politics, economics and history.
- Demonstrate a cross cultural understanding and be able to analyze and evaluate contemporary issues from a global perspective.
- Have an understanding of international institutions and their role in the world.
Demonstrate an ability to write well and conduct research
Students majoring in International Studies often choose to minor in several other fields such as business, political economy, economics, political science, communications, sociology and history. International Studies can also be a fruitful interdisciplinary minor for students interested in any field. The program, leading to a Bachelor I Arts, serves as an excellent basis for future graduate studies in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as professional degree programs in law and business. Students are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in government and international agencies, non-governmental organizations, trans-national corporations, education and research, journalism and publishing.
United Nations, Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation, Human Rights Watch, International Women's Tribune Center, World Policy Institute
A major in International Studies provides students with a knowledge and experience base to begin working in international policy and advocacy organizations, as well as in business, government and other settings with a global reach. Strong analytic, writing and research emphasis also enables students to enter careers in journalism or international communications. Finally, students are well prepared for graduate study in International Affairs, International Economics, policy studies of all kinds and area studies of their interest.
The New York Advantage|
Students can take advantage of the fact that New York City is host to international corporations and several international organizations such as the United Nations, Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation, Human Rights Watch, International Women's Tribune Center and the World Policy Institute. With the support of the faculty, students are encouraged to explore learning experiences outside the classroom through study abroad programs, or credit-bearing internships that take full advantage of the many opportunities that are available in the metropolitan area.