- I want to be prepared to deal with major global issues.
Consider a degree in international studies through the School of Global and International Studies.
Choose this major and you’ll learn about and acquire a global perspective, emerging “globally ready” to investigate and work toward solutions for problems around the world. You’ll learn about crucial issues such as health crises, global climate change, diplomacy, human rights, or cross-national trends in the arts and music. Finally, you'll benefit from an emphasis on foreign language skills, opportunities to study world cultures, an interdisciplinary approach to global and international issues, and a commitment to civic engagement. This preparation is ideal for global careers in the foreign service, law and the legal professions, media, business, museums, education, and non-governmental agencies, as well as state and federal agencies, just to name a few possibilities.
As an international studies major, you will take courses such as:
- Global Health and Environment (INTL-I-202) - This course examines human-environment interactions from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The course considers how and why humans shape the natural world they inhabit and how, in turn, nature shapes human health. Students learn how global changes across particular cultures, ecologies, and geographies alter human resistance and susceptibility to disease and alter access to conditions of wellness.
- Global Development (INTL-I-203) - Students in this course examine the question of why some countries are rich while other countries remain poor. They also look at how challenges such as globalization, global climate change, and changes in commitment to democracy can affect the development of countries.
- Human Rights and International Law (INTL-I-204) - This course introduces students to the movements to promote human rights and the forces arrayed against them, both past and present. Students also consider contemporary dilemmas in human rights such as humanitarian intervention, as well as historical questions related to human rights protections in international treaties.
- Global Connections (INTL-I-220) - In this course, students examine what it means to live in an “increasingly globalized world.” The course also covers the scope of global connectedness and interdependence and its impact on individual and collective identities.
- War and Peace (INTL-I-424) - Students taking this course dive deeply into topics of war. In the most recent semester, the course examined genocide, with the intention of helping students understand the origins of the genocide debate, know its historical causes, appraise the reaction of the international community, and consider the future of the 1948 Genocide Convention developed after WWII.
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- I want a career involving the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia.
You may be interested in a degree in Central Eurasian studies through the School of Global and International Studies.
Pursue a degree through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and you’ll be prepared for a career in government, academia, or business that focuses on the vast heartland of Europe and Asia that extends from Finland and Hungary to Iran to Mongolia and Tibet. The department is one of the world’s leading centers of expertise on Central Eurasia, with faculty equipped to teach about this region’s great art, literature, and empires, and offers more languages than any other department at IU.
As a major in Central Eurasian studies, in addition to the many language offerings, you can take courses such as:
- Islam in Central Asia (CEUS-R-213) - Students will examine the ways the region has been shaped by engagement with Islamic religion and civilization for over a millennium, marked recently by the interaction of traditional patterns of Muslim religious life with Russian, Soviet, and Chinese rule.
- Post-Taliban Afghanistan and the War on Terror (CEUS-R-251) - In this course, students closely examine the ongoing “War on Terrorism” against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan that started after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. While examining the conflict, the course focuses on Afghanistan as a multi-ethnic, modern nation-state ravaged by a century of internal colonialism and, most recently, by foreign invasions, proxy wars, and global terrorism.
- The Civilization of Tibet (CEUS-R-270) - This course is an introduction to the diverse aspects of Tibetan civilization and is recommended for students intending to take higher-level coursework in Tibetan studies. Topics covered include Tibet’s literature, art, religion, society, history, and language.
- Roma (Gypsy) History and Culture (CEUS-R-342) - This course invites students to examine the story of Europe’s largest minority, the so-called “Gypsies” (more properly called the Roma), who have been killed, hunted, and reviled. Yet, the exotic flavoring of “Gypsiness” has fascinated writers, artists, and composers. Students will examine the history of gypsies and their representation throughout history.
- Islam, Islamism, and Modernity in Turkey (CEUS-R-386) - This course explores the complex relationship between Islam and politics, and Islam's predicament with modernity and democracy. Although it concentrates on Turkey and its Ottoman past, the course also examines developments throughout the Muslim Middle East and other parts of the world affected by the phenomena of political Islam and jihadist discourses and activities.
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- I want a career that focuses on the countries and cultures of East Asia.
Consider a degree in East Asian languages and cultures or East Asian studies through the School of Global and International Studies.
Pursue a major in East Asian languages and cultures or East Asian studies and you’ll be prepared for a career in teaching, research, business, law, or the foreign service that focuses on Japan, Korea, and China. You’ll learn the languages of East Asia through instruction in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, and examine the cultures by studying contemporary politics and ancient philosophy. Through the two degree options, you can focus more heavily on languages or concentrate on society and culture.
As a major in East Asian languages and cultures, you’ll be able to take language courses in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, as well as courses such as:
- Popular Culture in East Asia (EALC-E-110) - Students study contemporary popular culture in East Asia while examining the nature of popular culture itself in China, Japan, and Korea. The course examines the unique way East Asian societies have synthesized and re-positioned the pervasive Western mass culture and created hybrid forms carrying new, authentic meanings and identities.
- Traditional East Asian Civilizations (EALC-E-251) - Over the course of the semester, students examine the traditional civilizations of East Asia chronologically and comparatively. The course examines literature, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an emphasis on the interrelationship among the cultures of East Asia from ancient times to the early modern era.
- Asian Americans: Cultural Conflict and Identity (EALC-E-385) - This course considers the historical, cultural, and racial dynamics that have evolved into the contemporary Asian American identity. Students also learn about cultural theory and how cultural identities are constructed within America’s multiethnic and multicultural society.
- U.S.-East Asia Relations (EALC-E-386) - Through this course, students take a thorough look at U.S. strategy in dealing with developments in East Asia.
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- I want a career that involves the countries and cultures of the Near and Middle East.
Consider a degree in Near Eastern languages and cultures through the School of Global and International Studies.
Pursue a degree in Near Eastern languages and cultures and you’ll be studying in one of the country’s oldest departments concentrating on the Near and Middle East. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in Arabic literature, classical and modern Islam, the history and politics of the Middle East, and Jewish and Israeli culture and literature. You'll be prepared for a job in fields ranging from governmental and non-governmental agencies to academics to business. In addition, you’ll be able to take courses in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and ancient Egyptian.
As a major in Near Eastern languages and cultures, you can opt for either a language track with three years of Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian, or a culture track with two years of languages, plus courses such as:
- Foreign Policy and the Muslim World (NELC-N-122) - This course introduces students to the pressing debates that shape American foreign policy toward the Middle East and the Muslim world today.
- Muslim Communities in Europe and the U.S.: Transnational Islam (NELC-N-208) - An interdisciplinary course about the social and cultural aspects of the contemporary Muslim communities in Europe and the United States, focusing on these immigrant communities as transnationals.
- Koranic Studies (NELC-N-370) - Students study the Koran in its historical role as the Islamic revelation, considering its formation and compilation, the structural and stylistic characteristics of the text, and its role and function in Islam.
- Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (NELC-N-397) - This course introduces students to the social institutions and cultures of the Arab countries of North Africa and the Near East, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan.
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- I want a career that focuses on the Indian subcontinent.
Consider a co-major in India studies through the School of Global and International Studies.
If you are pursuing a major in the School of Global and International Studies, you may also be interested in a co-major in India studies that focuses on a variety of areas on the India subcontinent, including Bengal and the Tibetan plateau. Within the program, you can also select from a range of languages including Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Sanskrit.
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- I’m interested in local economic development, tourism, and hospitality.
Check out the tourism, hospitality, and event management program through the School of Public Health.
Students choosing a major in tourism, hospitality, and event management learn how to market and manage tourist facilities and destinations, deliver hospitality services, and manage large and small events. Graduates often work in meeting and special event planning, adventure travel, military recreation, and city or state visitor and convention bureaus.
Students majoring in tourism, hospitality, and event management take classes such as:
- Tourism and Commercial Recreation (SPH-T 201) - During this course, students analyze the private, commercial, and industrial recreation fields, focusing on economic impact, marketing strategies, consumer protection, and career opportunities.
- International Tourism (SPH-T 211) - Provides an overview of international tourism and its importance to world-wide destinations. Course discussions focus on the complexity of the world's diverse tourism opportunities, cultures, attractions, facilities, and associated natural and cultural resources, as well as the role of sustainability in global tourism operations.
- Resort Management (SPH-T 321) - This class provides an overview of resort management, including the history of travel, evolution of resort management, design of resorts, and emerging trends in resort development.
- Festival and Event Management (SPH-T 323) - In this course, students learn about key management, marketing, and operational areas in festival and event tourism, including managing culture and leisure experiences, merchandising and retail, catering, ticketing, and pricing operations. The course also covers the role of politics and policy, as well as issues in the economics of event tourism and risk management.
- Green Operations in Hospitality Management (SPH-T 431) - This course focuses on green management in the hospitality business from the perspectives of history, operations, and future trends.
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- I want to improve community and environmental health globally.
Consider a major in community health through the School of Public Health.
Students majoring in community health have the skills and abilities to take on a number of careers, including entering the world of healthcare consulting. With a major in community health, you’ll study epidemiology, environmental health, social and behavioral health, health administration, and biostatistics in order to learn how to conduct research, measure and evaluate programs and data, and design intervention programs based on the data analyzed.
Students majoring in community health take classes that may include:
- International Health and Social Issues (SPH-H 172) - As part of this course, students learn about health concerns for non-Western and non-dominant cultures, as well as methods for analyzing the health status of people and communities around the world.
- Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (SPH-H 234) - This course examines the role of public health and individual lifestyle in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between cardiovascular disease and risk factors such as tobacco use, diet, physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
- Healthcare in Diverse Communities (SPH-B 310) - This course examines health policy and interventions aimed at addressing the health needs of specific populations.
- Introduction to Epidemiology (SPH-E 311) - This course introduces epidemiology concepts, measures, and methods, and students learn how to explain major health problems, their risk factors, health processes, and changes in specific populations.
- Health in Later Years (SPH-B 315) - As aging becomes a public health priority, an interdisciplinary consideration of the health issues of older adults is critical. During this course, students learn about the biology of aging, healthcare, new research in aging, applications of integrative medicine for older adults, and physical activity and aging.
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Consider a degree in environmental health through the School of Public Health.
With a degree in environmental health, you’ll work to protect the environment, conduct research, and provide information to the community on how the environment affects health. Students who earn this degree often work in public health departments, government agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, private companies, or environmental research corporations.
Students majoring in environmental health take classes that may include:
- Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety (SPH-V 201) - This course covers topics in both occupational health and occupational safety, as well as how these two areas work together to protect a person’s health in the work environment. In addition, students learn how to evaluate hazards in the work environment and interpret standards that apply to employee safety and health.
- Environmental Regulations and Code Compliance (SPH-V 214) - In this course, students are introduced to federal, state, and local environmental regulations and learn about methods of compliance with these laws.
- Environmental Health Management (SPH-V 341) - This course covers environmental health management and policy at the local, county, state, federal, and global levels.
- Introduction to Biostatistics (SPH-Q 381) - This course uses a conceptual approach to introduce the sources of public health data. Students learn the basic concepts and models used to understand and analyze data and information related to the prevention of diseases and the promotion of health.
- Environmental Sampling and Analysis (SPH-V 443) - The overall objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of environmental sampling and analysis. Topics covered include planning, sampling, analyzing, and reporting with respect to air, water, solid, liquid, and biological sample matrices.
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