International Studies

Requirements of the International Studies Concentration

The International Studies program is an interdisciplinary concentration that prepares students for careers in an increasingly interdependent world. Students are introduced to a wide range of economic, political and environmental issues and they develop expertise in the culture, history and languages of other parts of the world.

International Studies may be pursued in conjunction with major and minor programs, or as General Education, Multicultural/Global, Literature, Writing Intensive, or Rowan Seminar requirements. Students are required to complete at least 2 Core courses, at least 2 semesters of foreign language (or equivalent), AND 3 additional courses from the Area Studies (African, Asian, Eastern European and Russian, Latin American and Iberian, Middle Eastern and Western European) or Core. These 4 Area Study Courses can be selected from both the Core Course bank and the Area Studies bank which are located in the Program Guide.

Students wishing to obtain credit for courses not listed in the Area Studies Bank may submit course syllabi to the program coordinator.  In general, any course that deals exclusively with the language, culture, or history of any of the listed geographic regions will count, but such decisions are at the discretion of the ISC coordinator and the advisory council and should be obtained no later than the third week of the semester during which the class takes place (and may be obtained as soon as the student has access to the syllabus).

Students can also pursue Study Abroad in partial fulfillment of the International Studies Concentration. For more information, contact the International Center in Robinson 117, at x4105, at ic@rowan.edu, or simply sign up at the University Advising Center (UAC) in 242 Savitz Hall (code C901).  Every Rowan-sanctioned study abroad experience will fulfill 3 credit hours toward the Area studies requirements in addition to any specific courses the student takes.  For purposes of the requirement that students take area studies courses from at least 2 departments, these study abroad credits count as a separate department.

Internships in international trade, government, communications, business management and marketing can also provide students with valuable skills and work experience. For a listing of companies involved in such areas in the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia area, contact your local Chamber of Commerce. For information about international internship opportunities, you can also contact your professors, your department, or the International Center.