INTERNATIONAL STUDIES | Explore the global stage


Students of international studies are encouraged to focus outward and explore other cultures and issues of globalization to develop a well-rounded worldview that informs their everyday life as a citizen of the world. The understanding of international affairs, cultures, and relationships are a vital part of any modern education.

The requirement to study abroad allows students to learn about a new culture and experience the interactions of people from different cultures so prevalent in modern business, politics, and almost any industry.

BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN

Baker makes studying abroad easy, allowing most Baker financial awards and scholarships to be applied directly to study abroad for one full semester. Your first-hand exposure to an international setting will help you grow as a scholar of international affairs.

CREATE YOUR OWN MAJOR

Baker works with each student to design a major focusing on the international topics of choice, drawing from many disciplines on campus to create a major that caters to your international interests and objectives.

PUT IT IN WRITING

The Vision is a student-produced multilingual newsletter that features articles pertaining to international issues. Students are encouraged to contribute articles written in their language of study and English or to serve in an editorial capacity.

EXPLORE A NEW WORLD

Through linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, students leave Baker with an enhanced ability to communicate internationally and a heightened awareness of international issues.

MADISON | International Studies Major, Class of 2013

“I  wouldn’t be half of who I am if it weren’t for the programs at Baker and the professors who make those programs happen. When I was at Baker there wasn’t really a program to fit my needs, and especially as a transfer student I had a hard time finding my way. So many professors took me in, discussed options with me, expressed advice but didn’t fight (too much) when I didn’t always take it. The best part about any program at Baker are the professors that back them.”

DANISHA | International Studies Major, Class of 2018

“With this degree I truly just want to enact change, whether it is on a micro or macro scale. I want an opportunity to help people on an international level and on a local level. I love the opportunities that the program offers and the professors have so many real-world experiences and connections that are extremely helpful. It is like an insider’s view based upon some of the experiences that the professors share and have. The Baker faculty are so special because of how much they care. It is very genuine and refreshing. I know without a doubt that if I need assistance, the faculty will find a way to help me.”

KRACINDA | International Studies Major, Class of 2019

“My favorite part of the international studies program at Baker is that the students have the opportunity to attend events—such as International Relations Council events, inviting politicians to campus, and informative political events put on by clubs within the major—that not only allow us to learn but also to see how our degrees can be put to use one day.”

CAREERS

Our international studies majors go on to these careers:

  • International Human Resource Specialist
  • Nonprofit Worker
  • International Sales and Trade Specialist
  • Geopolitical Analyst

%

of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

IN 101 – Introduction to International Studies

This course is the gateway course to the International Studies major. The course will introduce students to new ways of learning and thinking about the world through multiple lenses. Students will examine issues across disciplines and explore the interplay of cultures, languages, political systems, economies, histories, and geographies among the peoples of the world. This course is required of students in the International Studies major. (3 credit hours)

IN 212 – Global Problems

This course provides an introduction to the many issues and problems facing the modern political world. Students follow and discuss current events while obtaining the background information necessary for effectively understanding those events. The course is designed to engage students actively in informed dialogues concerning important issues facing the world community, such as population growth, hunger, the environment, poverty, disease, and war. (Cross-listed as PS 212.) (3 credit hours)

IN 401 – Senior Seminar in International Studies

As the capstone course for the International Studies major, this class involves intensive examination of several key issues in the international realm as they are presented through various disciplines. Students will also explore a particular area of international studies in depth through the development of an original project. Students will prepare original research or develop an original work under the supervision of the course instructor and in consultation with an appropriate member of the International Studies faculty. This will culminate with a seminar paper and a presentation of the research/work to other members of the course. Required of all International Studies majors. Prerequisite: IN 101 and senior status. (3 credit hours)

Scholarships

The International Studies program gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Lee and Lela Rehrig Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Eliot S. Berkley Prize in International Studies

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Ryan Gibb

Dr. Ryan Gibb

Assistant Professor of International Studies, Political Science | ryan.gibb@bakerU.edu

B.A., M.A. Marquette; Ph.D. University of Kansas
Office: Case 107

CONTACT US

Barbara Coffey
Department Assistant
Humanities
Office: Case Hall 105
785.594.8439
barbara.coffey@bakeru.edu