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.
International studies students may be interested in joining Central's Culture Club and Coalition for Multicultural Campus (CMCC). No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization for you. Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations on campus.
Majors go on to graduate school in a number of fields, studying language, culture, government, education and more.
International studies students also gain experience through internships that prepare them for future employment or entrance into graduate school.
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.
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 economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The $3.9-million building was completed in 1999 and includes state-of-the-art technologies and a very energy efficient design, including solar panels on the roof. There is a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.
Central College has an interactive computer language lab, which can be used by classes and individual students to supplement traditional methods of language learning located in the Weller Center. This lab has 26 student computer stations and a teacher station, with which 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.