The International Studies program provides a strong multidisciplinary foundation for students’ futures, drawing on four academic disciplines: economics, history, modern languages, and political science.
To ensure breadth of training and hands-on learning, our students take a core of thirteen courses in these four disciplines. Each student chooses a regional area of focus that corresponds to their language training.
Recent Allegheny graduates note that their background in economics and modern languages has proved vital when vying for jobs or entrance to graduate schools.International Studies
International Economics & Business
Those students wishing to pursue a career in International Economics or Business should combine the study of a particular country and language with a background in Economics. If students are majoring in Economics and minoring in a language, they should take ECON 251 and ECON 256as their elective 200-level course and ECON 451 or ECON 452 as their elective 400-level course. Students majoring in a language and minoring in Economics should take ECON 251 and ECON 256 and/or ECON 265, in addition to ECON 240. In addition, students are encouraged to study abroad and to complete an internship (ECON 530) either abroad or with a company engaged in international trade. Students may also select a double major in these two disciplines. For an example of language courses that complement a Business Economics track major or Economics minor, see the course of study described in the “Arabic,” “Chinese,” “French,” “German,” and “Spanish” sections of this Bulletin.International Economics & Business
Global Citizens Scholars
The Global Citizen Scholars Program will provide students with unique learning opportunities in three areas — civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity. It integrates work in these three areas as its basis, combining coursework with a range of high-impact experiences and intensive advising. These areas combine very powerfully to inform a global and committed citizenry who can think outside the box, as it encourages students to engage in diverse communities and cultures — not as passive observers, but as mindful participants — and asks students to make sense of their itinerary along the way.
As a part of this leadership program, every student commits to civic engagement, diversity initiatives and study abroad. Each cohort works through the lens of a relevant global theme and/or world region. Over the course of the program, Global Citizen Scholars acquire the skills and competencies to make sensible and sensitive decisions with contextual understanding, and to collaborate and produce results both individually and as a group.Global Citizens Scholars
Middle East & North African Studies
Middle East and North African Studies is an interdisciplinary minor examining the history, politics, religion, culture, and economics of the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”). Through this minor, students gain an in-depth understanding of the region and the contexts through which we understand it. In order to provide students a comprehensive view of the region, the required course work is distributed between religious, linguistic, cultural, and social scientific approaches.Middle East & North African Studies
Global Health Studies
Allegheny College is proud to be among a handful of American liberal arts colleges that boast a program in Global Health Studies (GHS).
Founded on the belief that undergraduate liberal education can play an essential role in meeting the world’s health challenges, the GHS program draws upon Allegheny’s longstanding commitments to civic engagement, diverse perspectives, internationalization, project-based and interdisciplinary learning. Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, we have added new faculty with expertise in epidemiology and global health, designed new health-related courses, supported student research and experiential learning opportunities, and created both a major and a minor in Global Health Studies.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year of college-level study as demonstrated by the successful completion of at least one modern foreign language course numbered 120 or above.
- Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one Global Health Studies-related learning experience (e.g. EL seminars, semester away programs, and research or internship opportunities) that goes beyond clinical observation or shadowing.
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
The Latin American & Caribbean Studies minor is interdisciplinary in nature,
combining the study of humanities and social sciences with the study of languages and experience in the region.
This minor includes courses from the following programs: economics, political science, history, modern languages, and religious studies. Work presented in fulfillment of the minor must include coursework taken in residence and coursework taken at an accredited Latin American university or research institution.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese through coursework. They must also complete at least one Latin American studies course apiece in two other departments.
We believe that the experience of being in Latin America is invaluable to learning about the region and its people. As part of the LACS minor, all students spend time studying in Latin America.