Immerse Yourself in a Culture by Studying Abroad
No amount of classroom study can provide the knowledge that’s gained through physically residing in a place. Experience learning beyond the classroom. All international studies minors/majors are required to study abroad.
International Studies Scholarships
The Olga Fischer-Proehl Scholarship and the Melin Scholarship were established to assist select international studies majors with study-abroad expenses. The scholarships aim to help with expenses related to tuition, travel, room and board, and living while abroad. The Center for Global Learning also offers financial assistance for Luther students seeking to study off-campus.
Language Learning Center
The Language Learning Center (LLC) offers resources and technical support for all modern language faculty and students. During scheduled hours, the LLC provides language help, drop-in tutoring, an extensive foreign-language film collection, and space for small groups to gather.
What You’ll Learn
As an international studies major or minor, you will:
- Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of global systems
- Use methods from several disciplines to analyze and examine international issues
- Engage in hands-on learning through study abroad and/or internship experiences
- Hone the important academic skills of research, writing, and oral communication
- Gain a depth of specialized knowledge in your chosen area of interest
Choose Your Own Study Track
To major or minor in international studies, you must choose and take courses in a regional or thematic track.
Regional Focus Tracks
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- South and East Asia
- Latin America and Caribbean
- Middle East and Northern Africa
- Development Studies Track
- Peace and Dialogue Studies Track
You also have the option to create an individualized thematic track in consultation with the international studies director.
Careers and Outcomes
Luther international studies graduates understand world systems and international issues. These are in-demand qualities in all careers, especially in the global job market.
- International business
- International teaching
- International organizations
- Development agencies
- Governmental work
- Graduate studies
Attend Conferences, Present Your Work
Salomé Valdivieso Santillán ’23, Alice Odame ’22, and Soren Gleoge ’21 attended the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago with Professor Orçun Selçuk. Odame presented a paper on CFA Franc as a form of neocolonialism. Valdivieso Santillán presented a paper on the inclusion of Ecuadorian migrants. Gleoge presented a paper on democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.