Why study International Studies at MC?

Globalization is more than a buzzword. It is the future job market, social justice platform, political and economic reality, and cultural context for everyone. Understanding the dynamics of a rapidly changing global landscape is crucial for tomorrow’s leaders and college graduates. The International Studies major at Maryville College is designed to give you knowledge, experience, and confidence needed to be successful and make a difference in a diverse and complex world.

In our program of study, you will obtain advanced language skills, study abroad for a significant period of time, and complete a substantial senior research project. These are competitive advantages that are not required in many programs. You will also participate in the Program for International and Civic Leadership, an innovative new initiative that enhances internships, interdisciplinary course offerings, and extra-curricular activities. International Studies majors can choose between two courses of study: Global Studies focused on economics and politics or Area Studies with expertise in Hispanic or Asian studies.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Grace Costa ’18
Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Grace hasn’t solidified her post-MC plans yet, but she’s considering the Peace Corps Master’s International program. Using her education to help third-world and developing countries is not an out-of-the-blue idea. Grace traveled to Nepal with other MC students in the summer of 2016 to study microfinance and microcredit. As Campus Director for the international Hult Prize, she organizes teams of MC students who develop innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises that can solve the world’s biggest social problems. “Living and interacting with the Nepali people helped me grow as both a researcher and a global citizen,” she said. “I am extremely grateful for the experience and opportunities I have been given as an International Studies student at Maryville College thus far.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Danielle Roberge ’11
Currently: Contract worker for study abroad providers in Madrid, Spain; student at School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute

At Maryville, Danielle was involved in the international student community and the Global Citizenship Organization. Passionate about her coursework and learning languages, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and in France. At the urging of the College’s Director of the Center for International Education, Danielle enrolled in a master’s degree program that would prepare her to work with students in an international setting. “Studying abroad was a life-changing experience for me, and I love to watch my students have the same self-discoveries,” she said. “Thanks to MC, I have not only developed a passion for other cultures, I have also developed life skills that have allowed me to follow my dreams of living abroad and traveling the world.”

Job Placements

United States Department of Defense
Medical Translation
Jacksonville Public Library
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults

Graduate School Placements

University of Technology Sydney Australia
Emory University School of Law
SIT Graduate School
National Intelligence University
University of Tennessee
Sewanee School of Theology