The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said it approved a new Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies to be offered by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
The program is designed to prepare students for careers in several high-priority occupations that require international competencies, including management and financial analysts and scientific and technical sales representatives.
It will build on Shippensburg’s minor in the area and its current array of more than 120 interdisciplinary offerings of international studies courses. Transfer students and veterans returning to college, especially those with international experiences, will be able to build upon their prior learning.
The program design, which includes a foreign language requirement, also will encourage collaboration with other PASSHE universities. It is anticipated that some students might take Arabic courses online from California University of Pennsylvania to complement the Africa and Middle East Studies concentration of the major.
Students also could take Chinese courses via video conference from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania if they choose that language as part of the Asian Studies concentration.