International Studies Department

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The International Studies Department expands students’ global awareness as they seek to create a more peaceful world.

Majors prepare themselves for challenges in an increasingly complex 21st century through in-depth interdisciplinary study of their chosen region. Students also learn a foreign language, study abroad for a semester and grow to appreciate the many ways humankind organizes itself.

Broad knowledge of global affairs as well as expertise in Europe, Latin America, East Asia or Africa are hallmarks of the program. The major pairs well with a second major in Political Science, Foreign Language or History, for example, making each student’s experience and knowledge unique. Double majoring and having an adviser for each major is a requirement.

The International Studies major prepares students for employment in business, journalism, government, non-governmental organizations and more.


Tracks and Minors

My interests were not strictly limited to German language, literature and culture, which is why I decided to do a second major in international studies, concentrating in European studies. Guilford’s interdisciplinary major allowed me to explore many areas of interest including history, politics, art and philosophy.

Ryan Sanders '12
International Studies and German Double Major
  • International Studies Major: International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major, meaning it can be paired with any other major to create a unique experience and knowledge base for each student.
  • African Studies Track and Minor: A bachelor of arts in International Studies with a focus in African Studies requires 32 semester hours, including a semester abroad. The degree also requires a second major from another discipline. The minor is 16 semester hours and focuses on the sub-Saharan region.
  • East Asian Studies Track and Minor: A bachelor of arts in International Studies with a focus in East Asian Studies requires 32 semester hours, including a semester abroad. The degree requires a second major from another discipline. The minor is 16 semester hours and helps students appreciate the achievements of societies with different values and behavioral patterns.
  • European Studies Track: A bachelor of arts in International Studies with a focus in European Studies requires 32 semester hours, including a semester abroad. The degree requires a second major from another discipline.
  • Latin American Studies Track and Minor: A bachelor of arts International Studies with a focus in Latin American Studies requires 32 semester hours, including a semester abroad. The degree requires a second major from another discipline. The minor is 16 semester hours and helps students appreciate the achievements of societies with different values and behavioral patterns.

International Studies Department News and Events

An International Life

An International Life

Ryan Sanders ’12 developed his passion for the German language at Guilford, and went on to become a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Austria.

Always Ready to Grow

Always Ready to Grow

Carson Risser '17 will study at the International Christian University in Tokyo. She's ready for the challenge, having dedicated her time at Guilford to studying other languages and cultures.

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Eric Mortensen

Eric Mortensen

Associate Professor of Religious Studies