International Studies Program
Whether geographically or intellectually, we need to meet the challenges of an increasingly borderless world within and beyond our local, regional, and national communities. The mission of the International Studies Program is to unite a cohort of students who will broaden the experience of their various major programs as they develop an international perspective and immerse themselves in the language and culture of a non-English-speaking country or region. A multinational perspective enhances any major and we invite students to construct their own, individualized curriculum through a minor or a joint major. The program's internationally-focused curriculum prepares students for future study, careers and life in the increasingly unbordered community of the 21st century.
Area Studies Minors
Asian Studies allows students to concentrate on the histories, languages, and cultures of East Asia. Faculty who teach in the program focus primarily on Japan, China, and Korea. There are a few courses that incorporate material on South Asia as well.Read More
Latin American Studies
Students interested in the histories and cultures of Latin America can combine courses in History, Government, Anthropology, and Spanish, among other departments, to minor in Latin American Studies.Read More
Middle East and Islamic Studies
Faculty in History, Religious Studies, and Music offer courses that focus on the histories and cultures of the Middle East. The College also offers language programs in Arabic and modern Hebrew.Read More
Global Education at F&M
Languages at F&M
At Franklin & Marshall, we encourage International Studies and Area Studies minors to reach a high level of proficiency in a second or even a third language. Students in our IST minor program spend a semester or year abroad in a non-English-speaking country, extending their foreign language study with this immersion experience. F&M offers courses in eight modern foreign languages and two classical languages.
The International Studies Pulse