Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Miami and International Studies, life as a Miami student, the value of a liberal arts education, their study abroad experiences and internships, and more.

Jayne Orleans

(Class of 2019)

photo of Jayne OrleansEver since middle school I'd wanted to do something in international studies. I didn't even know that my dad was also an ITS major here until I declared that major — so I guess it runs in the family! My mom explained to me that my dad was excited that I was going to his alma mater but didn't want to pressure me in any direction, so it's just crazy how I naturally chose much the same path as he did.

See what Jayne had to say about two of her study abroad trips — "Cuba in Transition" and "Arabian Gulf Economies in Social Transition".

Lauren Voegtle

(Class of 2019)

photo of Lauren VoegtleI originally came in solely as an International Studies major because I wanted to focus on international politics, but my academic advisor encouraged me to add a concentration in Latin America because I also study Spanish. My academic advisor for International Studies is senior lecturer Melanie Ziegler, who has been incredibly helpful and influential throughout my time at Miami so far.

Read what Lauren had to say about her study abroad experiences and extracurricular activities.

Harrison Graydon

(Class of 2018)

photo of Harrison GraydonI've always been fascinated with other cultures, and international studies offers an inclusive interdisciplinary approach that leaves nothing unturned. I chose a concentration on western Europe which includes some in-depth history classes. One of my favorite courses in my major was professor Carl Dahlman's Political Geography (GEO 378), cross-listed under International Studies. It was not only very informative but also encouraged us to discuss current events and relate them to the class.

See what Harrison had to say about his memorable study abroad experience in France's second largest city, Lyon.

Imani Fields

(Class of 2019)

photo of Imani FieldsAll of my professors have been amazing. It's because of them and staff in their departments that I feel so encouraged. Faculty and staff at Miami are great at answering student questions and helping us find the resources we need.

See what Imani had to say about her winter term experience in Washington, DC.

Molly Wright

(Class of 2019)

photo of Molly WrightWhat I like most about my international studies major is how many areas it covers. I get to learn about history, anthropology, global politics, economics, and more, and I don't have to focus on one specific area. And the fact that my studying a language as well fills a requirement for my major is so beneficial.

See what Molly had to say about Miami, the liberal arts, and her study abroad in France.

Megan Zimmerer

(Class of 2018)

photo of Megan ZimmererInternational studies encompasses political science, history, anthropology, philosophy, and much more. It acknowledges the importance of considering all kinds of components when considering policy and conflict. What are the social, economic, political, and religious implications of decision-making? You really need a solid grip on these facets in order to understand the whole picture, and that's one of the strengths provided by the major.

See what Megan had to say about her 10-week study abroad in Jordan and her work with the United Nations in New York City.

Emily Tatum

(Class of 2019)

photo of Emily TatumI've had a number of great Miami professors who have challenged me and given me continued support and guidance…First is Dr. Charles Stevens, a senior lecturer in international studies, who I had during my first semester at Miami…Dr. Stevens has continuously challenged me and pushed me every step of the way, always expecting my best as I keep learning.

Read what Emily had to say about her study abroad experiences in Wales, Cuba, and Ecuador.

Allie Shea

(Class of 2017)

photo of Allie SheaMy faculty advisor for international studies is Melanie Ziegler, a senior lecturer in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies. She told me about her study abroad trip, Cuba in Transition, which I went on in January 2016 and was able to use my Spanish.

Read what Allie had to say about her study abroad experiences and her Washington, DC internships.