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In a world that is always shrinking employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have a strong international perspective. International Studies helps to prepare students for an increasingly globalized world and is concerned with a broad spectrum of international issues including International Relations, Economics, History, Modern Languages, International Business, Anthropology, and the Global Environment.
With an International Studies Degree from Wilkes you will gain an excellent foundation for a career in international business, foreign service and the Peace Corps, international governmental organizations of the United Nations and such non-governmental organizations as Amnesty International, and a host of private, charitable organizations as well as international teaching. You will also have an excellent foundation for Graduate School with recent International Studies graduates enrolled at Binghamton University, University of Pittsburgh, James Madison University-Florence, and East Stroudsburg State University among many.
Opportunities to Study Abroad abound at Wilkes with many interesting programs to choose from including the opportunity to Study Abroad for a summer, semester or year. In order to help facilitate Study Abroad, Wilkes has developed relationships with Universities in Wales and Australia, however the possibilities of Study Abroad are endless with recent International Studies majors who have studied abroad in Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, India, Guatemala, Italy, and England among many.
Learn to Enjoy your Morning Cup of Coffee when you participate in the Wilkes University Alternative Spring Break Program led by Dr. Miller which examines a day in the life of a coffee farmer in San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica. Students on the trip learn the ins and outs of the coffee industry by working with CoopeTarrazu, a coffee cooperative made up of approximately 2500 farmers which is both Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance Certified. Students also take a semester long course entitled, "The Political Economy of Coffee," which helps them to understand the international coffee market and the politics and history of Costa Rica and the region.
Wilkes is also a participating institution in the National Model United Nations Annual Meetings, which brings together more than 2,000 students from five continents for a simulation of issues before the U.N. system. As part of this experience, you will meet foreign diplomats and get briefed by officials from the U.N., including the Secretary General. Additionally, the International Studies Club helps increase global awareness on campus by supporting a guest speaker series and organizing trips to New York and Washington, D.C. to meet with people involved in global issues.
Wilkes' International Studies Coordinator, Dr. Andrew P. Miller, Assistant Professor of Political Science, teaches courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations and specializes in the politics of Latin America, with a focus on development issues in Central America. He has taught courses on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, the Political Economy of Coffee, and survey courses on economic and political development. His research focuses on development issues in Central America. His first book, Military Disengagement and Democratic Consolidation in Post-Military Regimes: The Case of El Salvador, was published in 2006 and his current manuscript, Ecotourism and Development in Costa Rica, (forthcoming Summer, 2011) examines the potential of ecotourism as a non-traditional economic development strategy.
For more information, email Dr. Andrew Miller. Dr. Miller received his B.A. from Illinois College, M.A. from Illinois State University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University.