International Studies

If you choose international and global studies at Central College, you’ll gain a springboard to careers in many fields. Our graduates become international representatives, ambassadors, teachers and more.

This program combines many disciplines—you’ll explore changing forces of globalization and develop understanding of historical and contemporary world issues. Central’s program encourages cross-cultural sensitivity by emphasizing the interrelatedness of cultural, societal, linguistic, political, economic, environmental and aesthetic issues in our world. You’ll choose your own focus area—a specific geographic region or a custom focus, like global studies, international relations, cultural studies, global environment, political or economic development.

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • English teacher and translator, Idiomas Milagros, Leon, Spain
  • Family development specialist, Hispanic Educational Resources, Des Moines
  • Program director, Reading Is Fundamental, Austin, Texas
  • U.S. Embassy employee, Beijing and Chongqing
  • English First representative, Urumuchi, China
  • Ambassador to Niger, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization for you.
  • Culture Club
  • Coalition for Multicultural Campus (CMCC)
Central College student

Graduate Placement

Majors go on to graduate school in a number of fields, studying language, culture, government, education and more.

  • Latin American studies, University of New Mexico


International studies students also gain experience through internships that prepare them for future employment or entrance into graduate school.

Courses & Faculty

All students majoring in international and global studies take five required courses. Students then work to build a major focus in a specific area, working closely with a faculty adviser to design their major. In addition, students gain proficiency in a foreign language and study abroad for at least one semester.

Learn more about International Studies in the course catalog.

Meet the faculty:

Allison Krogstad, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Spanish, interest areas include: Latin American studies, indigenous studies, Latin American literature, colonial studies, creative writing and service learning

Chia Ning, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of History, interest areas include: Chinese and East Asian history, with publications specializing in the Qing imperial administration to non-Chinese regions in Inner Asia (Manchuria, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Tibet), China's frontier history, women in China's frontier relationships, China's minority nationalities and Asian-American studies in relation to Asian studies

Jim Zaffiro, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Political Science, interest areas include: international relations, African studies and global sustainability

The Central Difference

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the department of economics, accounting and management, department of sociology and anthropology and department of modern languages. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

The center has a 26-station interactive computer language lab, which can be used by classes and individual students to supplement traditional methods of language learning—teachers can organize a variety of conversational activities such as telephone, conference groups and written chat groups. The system allows for use of both digital and analog sound recordings for student listening activities and recording the voices of multiple students at one time.

Learn More

Want to find out more about International Studies at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.