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About the Program

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:

  1. 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;
  2. broad exposure to the chosen region from multiple perspectives and disciplines;
  3. study abroad for at least one semester, normally at one of the Middlebury schools abroad;
  4. 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)

Track Directors
  • African Studies: Damascus Kafumbe (Music)
  • East Asian Studies: Don Wyatt (History)
  • European Studies: Patricia Zupan (Italian)
  • Latin American Studies: Gloria Estela González Zenteno (Spanish)
  • Middle East Studies: Dima Ayoub (Arabic)
  • Russian and East European Studies:William Pyle (International Polictical  Science)
  • South Asian Studies: Jennifer Ortegren (Religon)
  • Global Gender and Sexuality Studies: Linda White (Japanese)
  • Global Security Studies: Steve Viner (Philosphy)
Academic Coordinator

Margaret DeFoor

Program in International and Global Studies

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
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Middlebury, VT 05753