The UMF International and Global Studies program is highly individualized to help you discover your own global interests and follow your own path as you explore important world issues.

The core of the major is a program of cross-listed courses that may be taken in combination at UMF, through travel courses, and during study abroad, in areas such such as: anthropology, business, Chinese, economics, French, geography, history, Japanese, political science, religion, Spanish, women & gender studies.

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    UMF International & Global Studies student and Mitchell Scholar Chiaping Wen in front of the O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.
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    International & Global Studies students in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps during a May Term study abroad class.
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    International & Global Studies student Audrey Morin in China on the Great Wall, just outside of Beijing during study abroad on UMF exchange program with Bejing University of Technology.
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    International & Global Studies students overlooking the soccer stadium at Olympia Park in Munich Germany.
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    UMF students in the late medieval palace (the Alcázar) in Sevilla, Spain during a May Term travel course on the Cultural History of Spain.
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    UMF International & Global Studies student Matthew Theriault and a friend viewing the sights of Le vieux Le Mans in Le Mans, France.
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    International & Global Studies student Devin Boilard looking out over the old city in Córdoba, Spain during a May Term study abroad class.
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    UMF students Sarah Gould, Emmaline Waldron and Hannah Carlson overlooking the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps during a May Term study abroad class.
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    UMF International & Global Studies students at The Giant's Causeway, located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland.

The UMF International and Global Studies major offers several different opportunities to help you gain global experiences and perspectives, ranging from international travel courses to exciting study abroad programs.

You may choose to spend a semester at one of UMF’s partner institutions in Argentina, China, France  or the United Kingdom, or participate in a National Education Exchange program in Quebec or Puerto Rico. UMF students have also taken advantage of opportunities offered by other institutions in countries across the globe, including Ireland, Costa Rica, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, and many more.

In addition to these semester long programs, UMF offers you a wide array of travel courses that can count toward your major, from environmental studies in Costa Rica to archeology in Peru. Other recent destinations have included: Germany, Italy, Iceland, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tanzania and Spain. The International and Global Studies program also provides you with short-term weekend trips to global cities and international destinations in its new Global Explorations program.

The UMF International and Global Studies program provides you with greater knowledge and appreciation of the world’s diverse socio-cultural, economic, and political systems while exploring critical historical and contemporary issues that span the globe.

It helps broaden your potential career options, including careers in areas such as: international business & tourism, global health, international development, ESL and international education, immigration and refugee services, international law, human rights & conflict resolution, government and foreign service, non-governmental & aid agencies.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: International and Global Studies

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

ANT 210S: Latin America: Cultures and Contexts
BUS 335: International Business
CHI 115H: Chinese Culture
SPA 303: People and Culture of Spain
HTY 353: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
POS 227S: African Politics