International Studies Program Description
Major in International Studies

International Studies

The international studies major at Utica College is interdisciplinary and provides the student with a broad understanding of other nations, other peoples, and other cultures. It is designed for students interested in such fields as international business and education, foreign service, international political relations, comparative political systems, international economic relations, area studies, and languages. To guide them in their career choices, students choose one of the following concentrations: international business management, western or non-western area studies, languages, or world literature and civilization.

Special Opportunities

International studies majors have many opportunities for study abroad. Many UC students have studied in England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Russia. Opportunities for study also are available in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. UC maintains its own exchange programs with universities in a number of countries. These arrangements allow students and faculty to travel abroad and bring faculty and students to the College from various countries. UC students have regular opportunities to learn from visiting faculty from China, Russia, and Poland. UC students also participate in study abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA) and through exchange programs at other colleges.

UC students may participate in the Washington Semester program in foreign affairs at American University and the United Nations Semester program at Drew University, through which students learn directly from those involved in international affairs and foreign policy. UC students participating in these semester-long programs also pursue internships.

Cooperative Education positions and other internship opportunities also are available. Students have held internships at the U.S. Department of State and in various settings in international business.

The International Students Association, the student group for international studies majors and international students, provides social and educational activities to bring together American and foreign students to examine other cultures that touch American society. The association sponsors student trips, social gatherings, and speakers on international topics.

Students have a variety of opportunities for language study in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. The College offers minors in French and Spanish.


UC is proud of its distinguished faculty members and their wide international experiences, scholarship, and commitment to students. As an interdisciplinary major, international studies draws on the ample resources of the College. Many faculty members have experience both teaching and working all over the world.

Dr. Marie-Noëlle Little has worked extensively in France and has published works in French and English on the life of former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold.

Dr. Theodore Orlin teaches courses in international law and human rights. He is an internationally recognized expert on human rights, working throughout Eastern Europe with a variety of international non-governmental agencies. He studied in Finland as a Fulbright Scholar and has worked in Southern and Western Africa.

Dr. Nathaniel Richmond teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics. A recognized scholar on Russian politics and history, Dr. Richmond has published and presented numerous scholarly works on Russia. He also has traveled and studied extensively in Europe and Russia. Dr. Richmond is a frequent commentator for the local, national, and international media on international events.

Dr. John C. Swanson, a former Fulbright Scholar, is an expert on Central and Eastern Europe. He has studied in Austria, Hungary, and Germany and has worked in Japan and Israel.

Dr. Linda Zee has lived and traveled in Latin America and Spain, and she has studied issues concerning women and indigenous peoples of Central and South America.

Many other faculty members who teach in international studies have studied and worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Career Opportunities

International studies is a broad major, providing students with a strong liberal arts background. Many diverse career options are available. Many graduates go on to graduate school or law school seeking careers in foreign or international service or international law. Graduates find jobs in such diverse fields as international business, international banking, and teaching, and obtain positions with international agencies and in the civil service.

UC Graduates

Gregory Butera '91, who formally worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, is a senior editor for the College of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley.

"I knew that I wanted international studies, and I liked that Utica College was small. I felt like I really knew other people in my major. I knew my professors and I got to know my adviser very well. At UC everyone was always very accessible, and you could always get individual attention and advice. It was a very positive experience for me."
--Donna Moda '94, Contracts Administration Manager, CONMED Corporation, Utica

"UC gave me special attention right from the start. It was really hard for me when I first started my studies, but I was able to talk with my professors and get one-on-one help. They really understood and helped me, and I know I wouldn't have had that at a larger school."
--Maria Hernandez '91, Advisor to International Students and Scholars, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Further Information

Contact Professor David G. Wittner, Ph.D., Chair, Government, Politics, and International Studies at


Jun T. Kwon, Ph.D.
Chair, International Studies
123 DePerno Hall

(315) 223-2473
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