The International Studies program offers five different degree tracks to be coupled with a thorough background in foreign language and time abroad. These tracks allow students to choose a particular focus in order to specialize their skills and prepare them for the modern job market.
Available tracks include:
Arts and Culture | Commerce | Communication and Media Studies | Environmental Studies | Politics and Diplomacy
Arts and Culture
This humanities based track provides students with a rich understanding of cultural production in a global setting. Courses include Music in World Cultures, World Literature, and Anthropology of Religion.
“One of the things that I have loved so much about International Studies is that it has truly prepared me for not just the real world, but the real global world. I know that through my studies, studying abroad, and forming relationships with the professors that I am prepared to live and work in another country. On top of that, I feel that Arts and Culture has prepared me to appreciate, respect, and have a deeper knowledge of the place in which I travel. Culture is deeply rooted in every country and each culture is unique in its own way. By participating in this track, I feel prepared to go and acknowledge the culture and act accordingly. I am incredibly grateful for the skills and lessons that I have experienced through International Studies and have deep respect and gratitude for each one of the professors. They have dedicated so much to teach their students academic lessons but even more than that, life lessons.”
Class of 2016
This track allows students to take several basic business courses along with several courses related to international economic and social practices. Courses include International Business Behavior and International Trade Theory and Policy.
“I chose the commerce track of International Studies because I felt that through my curriculum, I could learn about basic business principles and gain proficiency in Spanish, giving me a wide range of career options after graduation. My major has benefited me by allowing me to critically analyze the world around me and how to apply that analysis to different business and leadership principles. I strive to learn as much as I can outside of the classroom, and have a more informed perspective on events that occur around the world than I would had I not chosen this major.”
Class of 2017
Easter Island, Polynesia
Communication and Media Studies
As one of the largest sectors of the global economy, communication and media occupy a major role in our lives. Students interested in working in public relations or a communication capacity choose this track. Courses include Global Media and Intercultural Communication.
“People constantly underestimate the power of media, but I find it so incredibly interesting. My degree with this department has given me the skills necessary to pursue a career in public relations anywhere in the world, not to mention the unforgettable experience of studying abroad and making lifelong friends. I have had so many wonderful opportunities while studying here, and I look forward to what I’ll achieve in the future.”
Class of 2016
This track explores how globalization and rapid industrialization have brought about a set of environmental concerns that defy national boundaries. Courses include Environmental Geosciences, Global Climatic Regions, and Conservation of Natural Resources.
“Our environment is fascinating and ever changing, and I love studying it because this is an issue that the entire world is facing as one. My degree at Texas A&M is teaching me how we impact our environment, different climates around the world, and how the human race can preserve the earth’s natural resources. Climate change is a major issue, and I’m lucky to be in a program that is working to keep our planet healthy!”
Class of 2017
Politics and Diplomacy
This track focuses on international affairs and foreign policy. Students learn about the workings of governments and civil societies in a global framework. Courses include Issues in World Politics and American Foreign Policy.
“I knew I had a passion for learning about foreign countries and their governmental systems, so I wanted that to be incorporated in my studies. I chose international Studies as my major so that I could dive into political science, but also approach international affairs from a cultural and sociological perspective. International Studies has the flexibility to let you dive into different areas of focus. The language and study abroad requirements are also something that has made me a more well-rounded student overall, and changed my perspective on a lot of things.”
Class of 2016
Geographic Information Systems
This track immerses students in the workings of spatially distributed information that is used in the environmental, transportation, defense, and many other sectors of the economy. Students will develop skills in spatial analysis and advanced applications of GIS technologies. Courses include Remote Sensing in Geosciences and Principles of Geographic Information Systems.
“Learning about different cultures, people, and places has always really intrigued me, which led me to this major. I’ve since been a Supplemental Instructor for geography and a member of Geosciences Student Council! My ultimate goal is to work for Google and help create maps. Texas A&M has given me so many opportunities that I never would have received anywhere else.”
Class of 2017