International studies major

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Do you like visiting new places that are different than what you are used to? Do foreign cultures seem intriguing to you? You might want to consider an international studies major at Central College. Graduates have gone on to become language workshop coordinators, bilingual customer service representatives and graduate students in international communication.

International studies is an interdisciplinary major which develops international understanding of historical and contemporary world issues through basic course work in international issues, a focus on a particular world region, and proficiency in a foreign
language and study abroad. The program seeks to encourage cross-cultural sensitivity and emphasizes the interrelatedness of cultural, linguistic, political, social, economic, environmental and aesthetic issues in a particular region of the world. Students
choose to pursue either the West European studies (WES) track, the Latin American studies (LAS) track, or the African studies (AFS) track of the major, and are assigned to an area studies director to plan their programs.



News about International studies

Learning to Grow

The first thing Heidi Chobar True wants understood is that “it’s not about me.” The international business and French graduate insists that her personal and professional successes to date—like joining Microsoft last year—are owed to her Central education and the ethics she learned from mentors like retired business management professor Jann Freed ’75.

Going Green with Guatemalan Garbage

Over spring break, a group of 10 students tackled garbage and compost in a Guatemalan village. They also taught local women about sustainability.

Long Way Home

Omer Ali ’12, a Sudanese refugee, struggled with coming to America and to Central before finding his stride as an entrepreneur.

Writer in a Big Fur Hat

Paul Richardson ’84 is editor of Russian Life magazine and runs Russian Information Services. He has also published a novel about Russia and a collection about running.


Successful Careers


Learn more about internships at Central.

Learn more about internships at Central.


African studies track

Latin American studies track

West European studies track

Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


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.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Click here to learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. International studies students might be interested in joining Central's Culture Club
and Coalition for Multicultural Campus (CMCC).

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.