International Studies Program
The International Studies program at BGSU offers diverse opportunities for students to gain insight into our global community. Students take courses that challenge them to think critically in a global and practical context. The major acquaints students with approaches from the humanities (history, communication), social sciences (economics, political science), and natural sciences (geography) across continents, countries, and cultures. International Studies majors are informed, involved, and well prepared to communicate ideas in a language or culture other than their own, and to make important decisions that will affect them and people around the world.
The International Studies MAJOR might focus on a world region (Africa, Europe), a particular issue or discipline (environment, sociology), or a future career goal (government, business administration). Students may continue with a language pursued in high school or they may decide to try a new language such as Japanese, Russian or Italian. International Studies majors spend a semester or a year abroad. BGSU offers programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Alternatively, students can declare a MINOR in International Studies .
Check out our new International Studies Program Newsletter!
Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures
From trips to Normandy beaches to language blogs, José Picardo explores the growing importance of offering students international experiences Read More
News and Stories
BGSU students successful at Model European Union Simulation
Winning a first prize for representing Latvia were Eve Cervenka, an International Studies major with minors in Chinese and political science from Twinsburg, Ohio, and Paul Garbarino, a political science and journalism major minoring in economics and PPEL (philosophy, politics, economics and law) from Utica, Michigan. Read More
International Studies 3800, Intro to International Service-Learning, Receives Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Group Award
Dr. Beatrice Guenther's Service Learning course was awarded the award by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement as part of the 2017 Community and Civic Engagement Awards. Find more information here:
Travels and Internships Provide Perspective
Recent alumna Toni Smith interned with Women at Risk, International, a nonprofit organization that creates safe havens for at-risk women and children in more than 30 countries. She also had study abroad experiences in France and Burkina Faso in West Africa. "It is not only a great way to build your resume and see the world, but also a catalyst for personal development and awareness," she said.
MODEL UN TEAM RECEIVES HONORABLE MENTION
The BGSU Model UN team this year received an Honorable Mention Delegation award at the Model UN conference held in late March in New York City. The 14 students all enrolled in the political science course Model UN to participate in the conference, where they represented Latvia in a role-playing simulation of the UN.
International Studies Students participating include majors Tyler Way, Rachel Zarick, Courtney Keeney and Renee Wott as well as minor Brandon Willinger.