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International Studies


Emre Sencer

Associate Professor of History; Chair Integrated International Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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International Studies is a multi-disciplinary major designed specifically to provide the cultural, economic, political, and historical foundations for understanding global issues. At a practical level, the major helps students develop skills that business leaders look for when selecting employees for projects outside of the United States.

Through small classes with faculty members who are experts in their fields and a number of unique off-campus study opportunities, majors in this program acquire a sophisticated perspective on the structure and process of the global system and develop skills of analysis and communication that support their professional engagement internationally.


International Studies courses are selected with the aim of understanding the forces and trends shaping the contemporary world. Innovative language study immerses you in active conversation and prepares you for study abroad.

The major integrates theories of modern social science and history with the practical mastery of foreign language(s) and cultures. Students are required to:

  • Complete a set of core courses that introduce broad global themes
  • Develop language skills to a functional level in classroom and non-classroom contexts
  • Complete a geographic area specialization
  • Travel, study, or work abroad.

International Studies is closely linked to Knox's Quick Start Language Program and to Knox's Global Studies Center, which emphasize language skills required by new professionals facing foreign peers.


Special collections available to Integrated International Studies majors include the WGI Global Data Manager (1,200 variables on all countries) and an extensive historical and contemporary map collection in the archives of Seymour Library.

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