Students seeking a baccalaureate degree with a thorough grounding in European/ American history, political science and foreign languages --- coupled with greater flexibility in their undergraduate studies --- should consider the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Studies. The degree is offered through the School of History, Political and International Studies, a multidisciplinary school integrating economics, geography, history, international studies, language and political science in its undergraduate offerings.
This program offers students an eclectic approach in planning careers in international business, government service, foreign service, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. This program is enhanced with opportunities for independent study, honors work, internships, locally and in Washington D.C., and study abroad. This Schools houses the Kappa Omicron chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Honors Society for political and international studies.
Opportunities for graduates of the B.A in International Studies program cover a broad range of professional endeavors. The literacy, broad knowledge, classic economic foundation and communications skills that International Studies majors gain in this program lead to successful careers in government, the law, banking, multi-national corporations, education and publishing. In addition, the school, in conjunction with Silberman College of Business, offers a B.A/M.B.A (Master of Business Administration) program. This combined, accelerated program enables students to earn both their bachelor's and Master's degrees within five years, resulting in significant savings of time and money.
Students study with the outstanding members of the International Studies faculty in their major discipline. Those courses are complemented by a large number of multidisciplinary courses offered by faculty in the School of History, Political and International Studies.
Students also have the opportunity to take part in research projects and other scholarly activities. For example, students have participated in national conferences on foreign and U.S. affairs held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Topics included "Civilian-Military Relations", "The Role of the Military in the new Millennium" and "Beyond 2000: Leadership in an Uncertain World."
The school encourages and mentors those International Studies majors who are eligible and wish to participate in the University Honors Program.
The school encourages internships and co-operative education programs for its undergraduates. Students have had internship and co-op opportunities with many multinational corporations, law firms, the United Nations and various consulates located in New York City. Students have also interned with Amnesty International in Chile and Ghana.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to study at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center offers internships matching the student's area of interest --- justice, defense, foreign affairs and private interest advocacy. Interns attend at least two breakfasts at the U.S. Capitol with an influential leader or policy maker. They also participate in an academic course one evening a week and attend an afternoon speaker series featuring experts in a diverse set of issues of national importance.
The student/faculty ratio is 19:1, and the average class size for majors is 14.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's proximity to New York City --- the economic, financial, political and international center of the world - provides students with unique opportunities to experience first -hand the excitement of that environment. Students take field trips to Hyde Park and the United Nations in session, where they have been hosted by missions from Egypt, Southern Yemen and Belgium, among others. Students also have received briefings and special lectures on Ellis Island.
Additionally, students have had the opportunity to attend lectures, presentations and debates by many distinguished international officials, including the Ambassador of Egypt to China, the Ambassador of Yugoslavia/Montenegro to Brazil, the Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States, leaders of political groups in Israel and the Arab-American Organization in New York.
All majors offered within the School of History, Political and International Studies are placed in an international context to reflect the global nature of our society. Fairleigh Dickinson has long offered strong international programs to take advantage of the surrounding culture of internationalism. Majors are also encouraged to study at Fairleigh Dickinson's Wroxton Campus in Oxfordshire, England to gain greater insight into other cultures.