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About the International and Global Studies 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 a vast array of departments and programs: American studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Black studies, Chinese, classics, comparative literature, economics, education studies, environmental studies, film and media culture, food studies, French, gender, sexuality and feminist studies, geography, German, global health, Hebrew, history, history of art and architecture, Italian, Japanese studies, Jewish studies, linguistics, Luso-Hispanic studies, music, philosophy, political science, religion, Russian, sociology, and theatre.

Director of the Program in International and Global Studies
Gloria Estela González Zenteno (Luso-Hispanic Studies)

Track Directors

  • African Studies: Ian Barrow (History)
  • East Asian Studies: Don Wyatt (History)
  • European Studies: Patricia Zupan (Italian)
  • Latin American Studies: Nicolas Poppe (Luso-Hispanic Studies)
  • Middle East Studies: Ian Barrow (History)
  • Russian and East European Studies: European Studies: Patricia Zupan (Italian)
  • South Asian Studies: Ian Barrow (History)
  • Global Environmental Change:  Kemi-Fuentes-George (Political Science)
  • Global Gender and Sexuality Studies: Linda White (Japanese)
  • Global Migration and Diaspora Studies: Gloria Estela González Zenteno (Luso-Hispanic Studies)
  • Global Security Studies: Mark Williams (Political Science)

Academic Coordinator