International Studies

Students at Model United Nations.International Studies is based on the principle that events that influence our lives originate in and have a bearing upon distant sectors of the international community.

The International Studies track in our Interdisciplinary Studies Program is designed for students planning careers in government, international public service, international commerce, journalism, or the teaching of modern foreign languages, to name a few.

This program provides a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures, their political structures and the relations between them in order to gain insight into other ethical and value systems for an understanding of current problems affecting the future of international society. Clearly, the major in International Studies provides excellent preparation to live and work in the global community.


In addition to the requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences, International Studies majors must complete at least 36 credits in at least two different disciplines chosen from the following:

  • Business/Economics
  • History
  • Political Science

In consultation with the International Studies director, the student identifies a primary concentration from the list above and selects at least six courses (18 credits) in that discipline. She also selects a secondary field and takes at least four courses (12 credits) in that discipline.

In addition to course requirements and courses in her primary and secondary concentrations, the major is required to take a methodology course, usually in the Social Sciences, as well as a seminar or independent study often related to the major's required capstone project.

Majors must achieve competence in at least one modern foreign language beyond the basic language requirement for the School of Arts & Sciences.

The final requirement is the capstone project. The project is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing especially on the major's primary and secondary concentrations. In consultation with the director who approves the project proposal, the major completes the project in her senior year.

Internships are not required of the major but are strongly recommended; they may be completed locally or globally, either for-credit or not-for-credit.

Program Requirements for majors and minors - 12 Credits

  • ECO 101 - Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr.
  • HIS 360 - Twentieth Century Global Issues: Roots 3 cr.
  • POS 250 - International Politics 3 cr.
  • POS 320 - International Law and Organizations 3 cr.

The following courses are integral to International Studies and are strongly recommended:

  • BUS 235 - International Marketing 3 cr.
  • CMA 100 - Public Speaking 3 cr.
  • CMA 352 - Film History II: International Cinemas 3 cr.
  • ECO 102 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
  • ECO 253 - International Economics 3 cr.
  • HIS 120 - Themes in Latin American History 3 cr.
  • HIS 220 - Evolution of Caribbean Culture 3 cr.
  • HIS 240 - The Middle East 3 cr.
  • HIS 241 - Modern Africa 3 cr.
  • HIS 260 - Divided Societies: South Africa & Northern Ireland 3 cr.
  • HIS 304 - The Immigrant Experience 3 cr.
  • HIS 370 - Race, Sport and Society 3 cr.
  • PHL 240 - Critical Issues in Environmentalism 3 cr.
  • POS 200 - Comparative Politics 3 cr.
  • POS 303 - Women and Law 3 cr.
  • POS 310 - United States Foreign Policy 3 cr.
  • REL 246 - Religious Dimensions of Peace and Justice 3 cr.
  • REL 253 - The Spirit of China 3 cr.
  • REL 255 - The Spirit of India 3 cr.


Students may minor in International Studies; this concentration is a valuable asset for any major. A student must complete a total of 18 credits including the four required courses for the major: ECO 101; HIS 360; POS 250; POS 360. In consultation with the director, the student selects two additional courses that can include an internship with an international organization and/or study abroad. The student must demonstrate competency in a modern foreign language.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

International Studies students have the opportunity to participate in many co-curricular activities related to the program.

Annual Events

Each year, students take part in the National Model United Nations in New York City and the Harvard National Model United Nations in Boston. Students also attend briefings and conferences at the United Nations and the UN-USA Annual United Nations Day.

Special Events

Special events have included conferences in the U.S. and abroad on topics such as women in politics in Northern Ireland; contemporary issues in Native American society; and human rights.

Westchester Consortium for International Studies

The International Studies Program at The College of New Rochelle is a member of the Westchester Consortium for International Studies, an alliance with Manhattanville College and Marymount College Tarrytown. The consortium was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to strengthening the international perspective of its member institutions, sponsoring public lectures, symposia, faculty development seminars, overseas study and travel, film series, theater and arts programs, and international career evenings.

Each year, the president of one of the consortium's three member colleges sponsors a lecture by a distinguished public figure on a significant topic relating to international studies and human rights. Past speakers have included ambassadors, prominent journalists, and leaders of nonprofits.

Another annual event is the International Careers Evening, which features a panel of graduates from the three member colleges who speak with students about careers in the international and public service spheres.

The annual Student Symposium provides undergraduates the opportunity to report on their reserach in a professional setting. The consortium publishes the annual abstracts of the symposium papers. Many students from CNR's School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing have given papers at these conference.


The program is also home to a student chapter of UNIFEM, the women's fund at the United Nations. The group was founded by Program Director Anne McKernan and program students who wanted to promote awareness of gender inequality around the world.

Experiential knowledge and networking with global actors occurs when students do at least one of the internships developed by the International Studies Program. On a regular basis since 1998, interns from The College of New Rochelle have served as the representative of the International Y at the UN's Thursday briefings.

International Studies Program majors and minors have completed internships at the following institutions:

  • Human Rights Watch
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • International Y
  • Japan Society
  • United Nations
  • United States Department of State

In addition, The College of New Rochelle's proximity to New York City provides a number of single-event opportunities at which students work with individuals and organizations.

Students on a lawn in Spain.In a multicultural world in transition, understanding a foreign language and culture is essential.

At The College of New Rochelle, language students and others who wish to study abroad for one or two semesters or during the summer are encouraged to do so provided they have a cumulative index of 2.7 and the recommendation of the department chairperson or advisor.

The student's program of studies has to be approved by the Study Abroad program director and her department chairperson to receive any credit for the work completed. Grades earned during the semester or summer abroad are converted to the School of Arts & Sciences quality point scale and these grades are included in the student's cumulative index.

Students with a 3.0 GPA may apply for the Russel and Deborah Taylor Scholarships for Study Abroad, which funds half the cost.