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Financial literacy website NerdWallet named Earlham College one of its five "favorite" International Studies programs across the country. With a student body representing nearly 80 countries, Earlham offers a truly global education.

Earlham's International Studies program named a 'favorite' by NerdWallet

February 14, 2014

Financial literacy website NerdWallet has included Earlham College on its list of five “favorite” International Studies programs across the country. 

Highlighting the College’s unique student body that represents nearly 80 countries, NerdWallet says Earlhamites are distinguished by their knowledge of “what drives and motivates other cultures.”

“In today’s globalized world, it’s important for people to not only understand various businesses and economies,” the list says, “but also to be able to comprehend the cultures and societies behind those industries: That’s where international studies majors come in.”

The San Francisco-based NerdWallet, which has been featured in the New York Times, CNN Money and the Wall Street Journal, included four other prestigious institutions on its list of favorites. They include the University of California-Irvine, University of Denver, Brandeis University and Wellesley College. 

Earlham’s International Studies major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum by weaving courses in languages, politics, economics and history together, so students learn to view the world from more than one perspective.

Earlham Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics Welling Hall says the College’s international student body was especially evident during a recent Intro to Diplomacy class where the students and faculty were fluent in 17 different languages.

“Earlham’s International Studies major attracts students who care deeply about a wide range of international issues,” Hall says. “During their four years on campus, our students become actively engaged with each other to propose solutions to global issues through a variety of clubs and activities.”

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 found rewarding work in foreign ministries, 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.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

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