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International Studies

Why choose Erskine’s International Studies major? 

The International Studies (IS) major is an interdisciplinary degree program focused on intercultural communication, leadership, and business skills. The major is designed for students with eclectic interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and global vision.

In the program, you’ll learn marketable skills, including intercultural communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, management, marketing, fundraising, public relations, and outreach. Whether you are interested in world travel, cultural exploration, or international business, the international studies program will help you find your vocation.

Degree Details: B.A. in International Studies

In the major, you will take foundational courses in global cultures and societies, international relations, business, and world history. Once your foundational courses are complete, you will choose one of three specialization tracks:

  • Politics, Law, and Diplomacy
  • Cultural and Religious Studies
  • International Business and Development

Erskine’s IS major is unique in its field. The degree is one of the only programs in the country that combines the study of world cultures with practical business skills and a Christian commitment.

Prepare for a variety of careers, including:

  • International business
  • Diplomacy and international relations
  • Tourism and travel services
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Intercultural education
  • International law
  • NGO management
  • Project and event management
  • International development
  • Global ministry

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Erskine College Admissions: Learn about the application process or get in touch with the Admissions Office.

About the program director, Dr. Christiane-Marie Abu Sarah:

Dr. Abu Sarah majored in International Studies. after graduating, she travelled the globe working in journalism, human rights, international development, world missions, international elections monitoring, and conflict resolution. After returning to the United States, she co-founded a study abroad company in Washington D.C., taking students to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2019 she earned her Ph.D. in History, with a specialty in Global Interaction and Exchange. Her TED Talk (“How Do Daily Habits Lead to Political Violence?”) has received over 1.8 million views.

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