UNC Asheville offers both a major and minor in International Studies, allowing undergraduates to pursue an interdisciplinary understanding of global affairs. The goal of the International Studies major is to provide students with a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse cultures, economies and politics of the world. The International Studies major is of value to students seeking careers in a number of fields, such as government, business, environmental studies, law, journalism and teaching. It provides an excellent background for those interested in working for government agencies, non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, and private voluntary and humanitarian organizations.
International Studies at UNC Asheville emphasizes global awareness and global citizenship as essential aspects of a liberal arts education. Students select from many courses and disciplines that complement the university’s liberal arts mission. Faculty participating in the International Studies major teach courses from a wide range of disciplines. They are engaged in undergraduate research and scholarship, as well as in service-learning both locally and internationally.
The International Studies major allows students to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary world from different disciplinary perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is designed to provide students with a broad range of ideas and intellectual skills to analyze and respond to the diverse and complex mix of cultural, economic, and political forces that shape the global community. The International Studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of changing dynamics and forces that transcend national and regional boundaries.