International and global education encourages students to transcend the confines of their own backgrounds and upbringing, apprehend the world through others' eyes, and in the process become more informed global citizens.
To achieve this goal, the International and Global Studies Program has four components:
- advanced competency in one of the non-English languages taught at Middlebury, sufficient to read scholarly materials and engage in complex interactions with native-speaking professionals;
- broad exposure to the chosen region from multiple perspectives and disciplines;
- study abroad for at least one semester, normally at one of the Middlebury schools abroad;
- deep engagement in critical thinking about global questions.
These four components offer an understanding of the transnational and global context that affects all regions. Students become experts in a region, getting to understand it using multiple tools. The majority of students fulfill the study-abroad requirement by staying overseas for a full year. They attend one of our schools abroad, which are located in 37 cities in 17 countries.
Participating Departments and Programs
The faculty for the international and global studies major is drawn from the following departments and programs: Arabic, Chinese, classics, economics, environmental studies, film and media culture, French, geography, German, history, history of art and architecture, Italian, Japanese, philosophy, political science, religion, Russian, sociology/anthropology, and Spanish & Portuguese.
Director of the Program in International and Global Studies
Tamar Mayer (Geography)
- African Studies: Nadia Horning (Political Science)
- East Asian Studies: Elizabeth Morrison (Religion)
- European Studies: Juana Gamero De Coca (Spanish and Portuguese)
- Latin American Studies: Gloria González Zenteno (Spanish and Portuguese)
- Middle East Studies: Mark Williams (Political Science)
- Russian and East European Studies: Kevin Moss (Russian)
- South Asian Studies: William Waldron (Religion)