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International Studies

School of Integrative Studies
Decker Hall 218-755-2730

Academic Director

Dr. Robert Ley (, Economics

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Thomas Beech (Political Science), Dr. David Benson (Professional Education), Dr. Roy Blackwood (Mass Communication), Mr. Alan Brew (Anthropology), Dr. Kit Christensen (Philosophy), Dr. Satish Davgun (Geography), Dr. Deanna Evans (English), Dr. Mary Jo Hrenchir (History), Dr. Louise Jackson (Psychology), Dr. Kathleen Meyer (Modern Languages), Mr. Sanjeev Phukan (Business Administration), Ms. LaMae Ritchie (Director of International Program Center), Dr. William Scheela (Business Administration)

Areas of Study

The International Studies (IS) program seeks to promote awareness and knowledge of the global community and its component cultures/nations and to encourage an appreciation of other peoples. More specifically, an interdisciplinary curriculum provides a) an understanding of the validity of these diverse cultures and societies, b) an appreciation of the history and structure of, and contemporary challenges facing, these cultures and societies, c) an awareness of the causes and consequences of increased economic, environmental, political, and social interdependence, and d) competence in a second language.

Students interested in pursuing the IS major are encouraged to consider a second major or a minor in a related field, the content of which would complement the international skills and perspectives acquired through the IS major. To coordinate IS coursework with Liberal Education and work in any other major or minor field, students should contact an IS advisor early in their academic career.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Political Science

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

In addition to graduate study, majors have career options in both the public and private sectors. Specific opportunities may depend on the student’s choice of a second major or minor.

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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