Earlham students pursue International Studies because what it means to be “international” is complex and raises profound challenges for policy and practice.
Through courses in Languages, Politics, Economics and History coupled with off-campus study, majors learn to view the world from multiple perspectives and to contextualize and problematize analysis through cross-disciplinary conversations.
Students learn to appreciate how others see and interpret their own location(s) in the world and in relation to contemporary global issues. Majors learn that different states of mind may be reflected in the use of different languages.
Special Learning Opportunities
Students majoring in International Studies participate in all of the off-campus study programs that Earlham offers as well as programs sponsored by other institutions.
International Studies majors have been frequent recipients of Davis Peace Prize Awards, grants of $10,000 each to fund summer projects related to peacemaking.
Many International Studies students participate in the Earlham College Model United Nations program, including organizing a large conference for high school students from across the region.
Recent International Studies graduates have obtained prestigious Watson and Fulbright scholarships as well as Rotary Peace Fellowships to work and study abroad.
Some have served as officers and program assistants in the Asia Foundation, Japan Society and U.N.-specialized agencies. Still others have worked in the Peace Corps and as human rights monitors.
Majors also have pursued graduate studies in fields as diverse as law, city planning, public administration and public health at globally top-ranked programs such as Oxford, the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Globally Focused Earlhamites
Behar Xharra has recently co-authored a study on the public diplomacy of Kosovo. The work, translated into seven languages. dismantles the myths that the country is war-torn, gray, fanatic, and a place with no future.More
Some remember classroom conversations as challenging intellectual exercises, but somewhat removed from daily life. But Daniel Hernandez Joseph '81 thinks that these classroom experiences formed the core of his life and career.