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New Degree Focuses on Contemporary International Issues

Fordham University has introduced a baccalaureate program in international studies. The new major, approved by the New York State Department of Education in September, replaces the international intercultural studies major. The new degree has a more stringent foreign language requirement and completion of a four-course sequence that includes international politics and law, economics and political economy, and contemporary world history and culture.

“With the various crises of terrorism, climate change and such wide cultural differences, it’s our job to help give students training and skills needed to analyze what is going on in the world today,” said Thomas DeLuca, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of the program.

In addition to the four-course sequence, the major requires 18 credits to be earned either in contemporary international issues, or in regional issues from one of five regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa. The program currently enrolls approximately 45 students and is based at the Lincoln Center campus.


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