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

Luke WheatLuke Wheat ’19
Hometown: Pikeville, Ky.

Luke’s career goal includes working in higher education as a faculty member and translator. He chose the international studies major and Spanish minor at Maryville College for a couple of reasons. First, he believed it would, by giving him an insight into different cultures around the world, uniquely prepare him for his career. His second reason is connected to his first.
“I believe to communicate or teach people effectively, and
to understand people more deeply, it is important to know their backgrounds,” he said. “Maryville College has given me an educational path to my future career that has been incredibly valuable. And, it is an experience that has shaped me into the person I am today.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

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