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Can you envision yourself working in a field with a global perspective? Are you interested in interacting more effectively with persons from other cultures, particularly in professional settings?

The MA in international studies program is truly interdisciplinary and draws its strength from the cooperation of several departments in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and various professional schools and colleges. Each of the four core courses you will take features a different discipline (anthropology, geography, political science, global and multicultural discourse). You can choose from a range of concentrations in business, international public administration, Hispanic studies, public health, international education, security studies, economic development, or design your own.


The MA in international studies degree has a solid core of required courses and a great deal of flexibility in the design of its concentrations. The four-course concentrations allow you to acquire essential skills in a professional discipline, to pursue interdisciplinary study of a major international issue, and to enhance your knowledge of a world region. The international field experience gives you first-hand knowledge of another culture.

MA in international studies students come from across the United States and around the world. They represent many races and ethnicities. They also represent the full spectrum of political positions, religions, ideologies, ethnic groups, and life experience. This diversity contributes to the richness of life in the MA in international studies.

ECU Advantage

Unlike other international studies programs, the MA in international studies program at ECU focuses on the process and dynamics of international, intercultural understanding. The core courses provide you with global perspectives on the interrelations between economic, political, cultural and environmental systems in the world. They also cultivate your skills in communications across cultures, conflict resolution, as well as knowledge of multicultural discourse.

The program is specifically designed to prepare you to interact more effectively with persons from other cultures, particularly in professional settings. Graduates of ECU's program have found success in a wide variety of fields where their skills in understanding and working with people from other countries and cultures have served them well. Graduates also have been accepted for further graduate study in medicine, law, business, political science, geography, and history.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: David Smith (329 Austin Building; 252-328-5524; smithdav@ecu.edu)

The minimum requirement for the degree is 36 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. International Studies Core:
  • INTL 6005 - Communication Across Cultures
  • INTL 6105 - Global Issues
  • INTL 6500 - International Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • INTL 6510 - Global and Multicultural Discourse
2. Complete 12 s.h. in an academic, professional, or geographic concentration approved by the international studies director prior to taking.
    3. Complete 6 s.h. of international field experience
    • INTL 6930 - International Field Experience
    • INTL 6940 - International Field Experience
    • Note:

      Waiver may be granted by international studies director.

      4. Complete comprehensive examination after completion of 18 s.h.
        5. Complete international studies foreign language requirement.
          6. Option

          (Choose one of the following options.)

            Advanced language and culture option - 6 s.h.:
              Note:

              Not available to native speakers of the language selected.

              Business option - 6 s.h.:
              • ENGL 5780 - Advanced Writing for Business and Industry or
              • ENGL 7710 - Professional Communication

              • MKTG 6992 - Global Marketing
              • Note:

                Available only to students who choose a concentration in business.

                Economic development option - 6 s.h.
                  International administration option - 6 s.h.:
                  • PADM 6220 - Leadership and Ethics in the Public Sector
                  • 3 s.h. from
                    • PADM 6163 - Environmental Policy Analysis
                    • POLS 6330 - Political Modernization and the Non-Western World
                    • POLS 6440 - Seminar in International Organization
                    Note:

                    Available only to students who choose a concentration in political science.

                    International education administration option - 6.s.h.:
                    • ADED 6690 - Current Topics in International Higher Education Administration

                    • ENGL 5780 - Advanced Writing for Business and Industry or
                    • ENGL 7710 - Professional Communication
                    Professional Communication option - 6 s.h.:
                      Public health option - 6 s.h.
                      • MPH 6020 - Research Methods
                      • one additional 6000-level course chosen from an approved list in consultation with the MAIS dire
                      Security studies option - 6 s.h.
                        Thesis option - 6 s.h.:
                        • INTL 7000 - Thesis (repeat once for a total of 6 s.h.)
                        • Note:

                          The student must satisfactorily defend the thesis.

                        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                        Careers With This Degree

                        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

                        • International/Global Studies
                        • Public Administration and Legal Services
                        • International/Global Studies

                        Career Opportunities

                        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

                        NC Tower

                        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

                        • Self-employed;
                        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                        • Work outside of North Carolina.

                        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

                        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

                        Degree-specific internships

                        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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