Earlham’s International Studies major attracts students who care deeply about a wide range of international issues, who will dig into the complex and vexing ethical decision-making required in our globalized world.
Through courses in languages, politics, economics and history coupled with off-campus study, these students learn to view the world from more than one perspective and to contextualize and problematize analysis through cross-disciplinary conversations. They gain appreciation for how others see and interpret their own location(s) in the world in relation to contemporary global issues, and learn that different languages often also reflect different life experiences, priorities, values and world view.
Recent International Studies graduates have obtained prestigious Davis Peace Prizes and Watson and Fulbright scholarships to work and study abroad. Some have served as officers and program assistants in the Asia Foundation, Japan Society and U.N.-specialized agencies. Still others have worked in the Peace Corps and as human rights monitors. Majors also have pursued graduate studies in fields as diverse as law, city planning, public administration and public health at globally top-ranked programs such as Oxford, the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Globally Focused Earlhamites
Anna Crumley-Effinger '07 works with the American Friends Service Committee in the Horn of Africa, with a focus on peace-building in Burundi and famine relief in Somalia. She's involved in many American Quaker organizations.More
Making Change in International Relations
Welling Hall, Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics, says her own academic study was strong influenced by her study of potential U.S.-Soviet collaboration during the Cold War.More
Syed “Onik” Kamal ’11 says he knew at a very young age that helping people would be foremost in whatever career he might choose. Studying at Earlham has only reinforced that idea. More