International and Global Studies

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: International and Global Studies

The International and Global Studies program at UMF is perfect for students who wish to gain insights into other countries, cultures, and international and global issues. It provides a greater knowledge and appreciation of diverse linguistic, cultural, historical, economic and political systems in the world.

At the beginning of the program, you will take an introductory course, INS 100, and at the end of four years, you will conduct an in-depth research project in a capstone course, INS 400. You will select your other classes with two advisors, based on your individual interests and career goals.

Every student in International and Global Studies must also become proficient in a second language and will study abroad for one semester or the equivalent in a country where the language of study is spoken. Some small scholarships are available.

For the major, you will concentrate on a specific topic  and / or geographic region. Each concentration will form a coherent whole. In addition, elective courses will help you gain a broader understanding of global issues and perspectives. Students may also participate in internship opportunities to add depth or breadth to their program.

The UMF International and Global Studies program benefits from the collaboration of faculty in several disciplines. Many of our faculty are foreign born and educated, or have studied, worked and lived overseas. Foreign students, exchange professors, and teaching assistants from overseas add to the quality of the International and Global Studies program, as do student clubs and university-wide programming.

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

ANT 210S: Latin America: Cultures and Contexts
BUS 335: International Business
FRE 306: Francophone Literature
GEO 214S: Asia: Peoples and Environments
GEO 320: Economic Geography
POS 226S:  Islam and Politics
POS 336S: Globalization and the International Political Economy