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 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

Photo of Katarina HillKatarina Hill ’20
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Katarina, a transfer from Pellissippi State Community College, chose MC because of its international studies major and the atmosphere and environment of the campus. “I chose international studies because our world is so interconnected, and knowing how the international community works is crucial in any field, especially government work,” she said. “This summer I interned with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. It was an amazing experience, and I would
recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a job in government or worldwide diplomacy.” Katarina is studying abroad in Jyväskylä, Finland, for the fall 2019 semester. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and eventually work in federal law enforcement.

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Featured Graduate

Photo of Grace CostaGrace Costa ’18
Currently: Co-owner of Punto Verde organic coffee shop and store in Puebla City, Mexico

Grace and a friend opened Punto Verde in 2018. In addition to being the full-time manager of the business, Grace is the photographer and graphic designer necessary for marketing efforts. “International studies is the major that exposes you to a comprehensive examination of humanity: economics, sociology, anthropology, language, history, political theory, travel, etc.,” she said. “With that knowledge, I am able to understand how Mexico’s government and economy function in ways that affect my business and at the same time adapt to a culture and language vastly different from my own. I don’t think any other major would have prepared me better for this experience. Most importantly, Maryville College connected me with the
most amazing and inspiring teachers.”

Danielle Roberge ’11
Currently: Academic Administrator of ES International School in Barcelona, Spain

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 pursued - and earned - a master's degree in international education. “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