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International Studies
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

International Studies

The world is an increasingly interconnected place. Those who learn to work and live within this relational framework often succeed where others falter. Prepare to become an informed and engaged citizen of the world by majoring in international studies at St. John Fisher College.

The international studies program is designed to prepare you to enter the global arena confident in your ability to address contemporary world issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Through this program, you will be introduced to various disciplinary approaches by taking courses that explore world politics, cultures, religions, economics, and contemporary affairs.

As an international studies major, you will be required to spend at least one semester during your junior year studying abroad. Choose from scores of academic programs offered by foreign universities and colleges in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

Program Overview

A total of 36-37 credit hours is required for a bachelor of arts degree in international studies. You are also required to take 15 courses as part of the College Core.

As an undergraduate student in the international studies program, you will take a number of classes from each of two categories: functional studies and area studies. Functional studies examine topics such as international economics and political systems. Area studies courses focus on particular cultures and civilizations throughout the world.

In addition, you will study a foreign language of your choice. The program also provides for individual interests through a senior thesis, which you will defend before faculty and interested members of the College community.

Life After Fisher

A degree in international studies prepares you for a wide range of jobs, working for any number of corporations and organizations. Some of the positions obtained by recent graduates of this program include:

  • Management trainee
  • Payroll specialist
  • Supervisor
  • Operations support
  • Program administrator
  • Transportation analyst
  • Program coordinator
  • Office manager
  • Peace Corps volunteer

Additionally, international studies alumni have been admitted to several top graduate schools, including:

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Georgetown
  • Michigan State
  • UCLA
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Rochester

The international studies program is small, yet the faculty has a tremendous amount of experience to offer. Because of this, students benefit. Small class size and highly-skilled professors translate into a personalized and thought-provoking environment. ”


Maherly Schaeffer
  • Maherly Schaeffer ’98
  • Advancement Communications Specialist, St. John Fisher College