Today, growth of the global economy, ease of world-wide travel, and widespread use of the internet have made our world smaller than ever. The international studies degree program at Nazareth College helps prepare students to be actively engaged in international affairs as they become fluent in foreign languages, at home in many cultures, and concerned with global issues.
Since daily contact with people around the world is no longer just the province of diplomats, international studies at Nazareth helps qualify students for the ever-widening number of careers in which being internationally savvy is a prerequisite. Students hone their intellectual skills and plunge into the study of international issues. They examine the ethical dilemmas involved in communication, conflict, and cooperation between people of different cultures. International studies majors also explore problems that affect the world as a whole as well as the ways in which countries interact.
Study abroad is required and is one of the strengths of this program. Nazareth's Center for International Education has partnerships with institutions in many countries including Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, and South Korea.
In the last 10 years alone, four international studies majors have received prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Awards from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. They have traveled to countries such as Germany, Slovakia, and Israel to teach English and study.