Welcome to International Studies!
My name is Professor Colin Flint, and I am the Faculty Advisor for the International Studies major at USU. Frankly, I think I have the best job in the world! I get to work with students who care about the world, want to grow professionally and personally by engaging our big and diverse world, and who seek a whole range of exciting careers.
My mission and passion is to make International Studies a major that fulfills the academic and professional goals of students, and takes them to places (figuratively and literally!) they did not think they could go to. I have been lucky enough to have a career that has led me to things I never dreamed of doing. As a kid growing up in Dover, England (and the only member of my family to ever go to college) I never thought I would ever write books that are translated into different languages! And I have been lucky enough to travel to some fascinating places across the globe. I see my job as helping students find their own professional pathway and help get them to wherever in the world they want to go.
This website introduces you to the International Studies major, international experiences while a USU student, careers, and on-campus organizations for International Studies majors.
If you have any questions, e-mail (email@example.com) or call me (435-797-5962).
Go (International) Aggies!
Prof. Colin Flint
Why International Studies?
The major is for students who are interested in all things “international”: foreign countries, globalization, cultural diversity and languages, global security and peace, development, and the environment. It is different from other majors because it is multi-disciplinary. The major is designed to provide students with a strong foundation by exposing them to international politics, history, anthropology, geography, and economics. Students can then specialize in a topical area while developing language and cultural expertise.
You can choose from classes in a number of USU departments including Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Languages, Economics, and Business. Here are some of the professors that teach classes in the major.
We encourage our majors to get involved with organizations on campus whenever possible. Here are some opportunities for International Studies majors to get involved.
There is an international organization designed specifically for students interested in international topics. AIESEC is a student led organization with many opportunities for internships, jobs and travel.
The major provides students with the critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills that employers want with the added bonus of showing experience and interest in international affairs. Don’t just take our word for it! Explore career options for International Studies majors and see what famous CEOs and employers have to say.
International Studies majors are ideally positioned to become “synthesizers” with global awareness. These are two things that are in demand!
“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”
“Because of the times we live in, all of us, young and old, do not spend enough time and effort thinking about the meaning of life. We do not look inside of ourselves enough to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and we do not look around enough – at the world, in history-to ask the deepest and broadest questions. The solution surely is that, even now, we could all use a little bit more of a liberal education.”
In light of the travel restrictions and advice from the university and the government, the international experience requirement for the International Studies major will be temporarily waived. Students planning to graduate in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 need not have undertaken a study abroad or international internship to meet the graduation requirements. Possible extension of the waiver of this requirement will be reviewed as circumstances change.
Majors are awarded a Bachelors of Arts. Students must gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages and complete a senior research project that fits within their focus area.
In addition to the senior research project that must have an international focus, students are required to complete an international experience component. The student may choose a traditional study abroad experience in an accredited program or choose an internship. The internship must have a clear international focus and be supervised by a faculty member. Read more about the International Experience requirements and see some examples of the great experiences our students have gained.
Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Dr. Colin Flint
Office: MAIN 320B
Phone: (435) 797-5962