In our global, interdependent world, the need for professionals who possess international and technical expertise is greater than ever. The International & Global Studies program at WPI integrates the humanities, social sciences, business, science, and engineering to help students fulfill that need.

Available as a minor, major, or double major, the International & Global Studies program includes a required study abroad experience during one of your terms and allows you to construct your own course load that caters to your specific interests and career goals.

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Curriculum

In the International & Global Studies major, you’ll plan a course of study with a thematic, analytic, or geographic approach. Coursework may focus on areas such as humanities and arts, social sciences, business, the sciences, and engineering. Your academic advisor will be there every step of the way to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

 

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

Here at WPI, projects are at the heart of our curriculum. We emphasize the importance of teamwork and collaboration, and require several projects to be completed over the course of your four years at WPI.

The project requirements for graduation give you the opportunity to work with your peers, to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, and to offer solutions to some of the most challenging problems around the world.

WPI’s Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Some past projects from students in the International & Global Studies program include:

  • Bus emissions in Hong Kong
  • Intellectual property rights in the developing world
  • Optimizing microfinance in Paraguay
  • Social entrepreneurship in Morocco
  • Tropical diseases and public health
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

In addition to studying abroad, WPI offers a variety of ways for you to learn more about other cultures while staying on campus. Join one of the cultural organizations or the Global Humanitarian Alliance on campus, or participate in the Global Ambassadors program to help other students further understand their experience abroad.

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After Graduation

  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Education
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Science and Engineering
  • Veterinary Medicine