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INTAFStudents majoring in International Affairs should be able to understand and analyze global conflict and cooperation through a broad interdisciplinary program.  By taking courses for the major, students will examine the historical development of regions, nations, peoples and ideologies; learn about international trade, finance, and international economic development; develop an awareness of different cultures and contemporary global concerns; hone language skills; and gain awareness of international institutions and mechanisms which facilitate or hinder global cooperation.

Related Areas of Study

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • History
  • International Business
  • Political Science

Student Opportunities

Study Abroad

Muskingum College students have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at a foreign university through the Muskingum or East Central Colleges (ECC) Consortium Student Exchange Programs. Currently, formal student exchange agreements exist with 16 universities in 12 different countries. In most cases there is no extra fee for participation in these exchange programs. Learn more about Study Abroad.

Model UN

Model UN Program at Muskingum is a great way for students to learn about international relations and to gain a better sense of what a varied and fascinating world we live in. It is also a perfect "hands on" way to gain experience with basic skills -- such as communication, negotiation tactics, and conflict prevention -- that we all need in our day-to-day lives. Today more than 200,000 high school and college/university students worldwide participate in Model UN every year. Many of today's leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model U.N. during their academic careers – from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former World Court Justice Stephen M. Schwebel to actor Samuel L. Jackson. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is a Model U.N. veteran as well. Learn more about our chapter...

Student Stories

  • Kirsten Battaglia, class of ’13, majored in International Affairs and Spanish.  She is attending the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C.  She is pursuing her interest in international human rights law and hopes to one day work for the State Department as an ambassador.  Kirsten has a summer, ’14 internship with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C.  The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.  The Organization of American States brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Western hemisphere.  The IACHR, where Kirsten is interning, defends human rights by representing victims of human rights violations, filing petitions and requests for precautionary measures with the Commission, advising civil society organizations that represent victims in the inter-American system, and working with government bodies and Ombudsmen’s Offices. 
    While a student at Muskingum, Kirsten was a Spanish House resident, Spanish Club President, an exchange student at the Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina, and an accomplished vocalist and flautist.  She is a member of the Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honorary.

  • Emily Preston (’12), a French and International Affairs major, is participating in Muskingum’s Washington Semester program. As part of her InterFaith Conference Internship in Washington D.C., Emily is organizing a public dialogue for the IFC of Metropolitan Washington. The dialogue is about the uses of and meanings behind the swastika, from the viewpoints of Eastern religions (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain), the Jewish community, and from an academic perspective that explains the reasons behind Germany's use of the swastika. She has been a French House resident for two and a half years. She held offices in the French Club (Treasurer) and Phi Sigma Iota (Vice-President). She has also been a regular columnist for the Black and Magenta and a varsity soccer player. Emily studied at l’Université du Sud Toulon-Var in France for a semester and will travel to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus during her Washington Semester program on international conflict resolution.

  • Allison Maykuth (’11), won a prestigious Phi Sigma Iota award, and has been awarded the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship in the sum of $2,500 (the highest stipend a Muskingum language major has ever received for winning a national PSI award). Allison majored in French and Spanish at Muskingum, studying in France and Mexico. She was recognized for “Distinction in the Major Capstone” for her Senior Seminar in Spanish, was a recipient of a Fourth-Year award (recognizing students in the top 5% of their class all four years at Muskingum), and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Honor Society. She served as President of Muskingum's Phi Sigma Iota chapter, and wrote for the Black and Magenta, Muskingum's weekly student newspaper.  Allison is completing a Master's degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Intelligence and Security. 

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