Why Major X - International Studies

Essay Prompt

Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (500 words)

Sample Essay

As an eager learner, I love that the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts provides students with an incredible wealth of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. My curiosity leads me to crave both breadth and specificity in academics, and the International Studies major is a great match for my interests.

With a plethora of courses available, ranging from Human Rights in the United Nations to Globalizing Consumer Cultures, I will no doubt be exposed to a gamut of offerings that will help me reach my academic goal of being an aware and relevant thinker and participant in today's world. At the same time, upon selecting one of the four subplans within the major, I will focus in on a specific area of study under the large umbrella of International Studies. This concentration will give me an edge when working in the complex world of international relations.

I believe an integral part of understanding world affairs is gaining a high degree of proficiency in a foreign language and I love that this is folded in with the major. Being able to communicate with others in their native language is an invaluable skill not only in the professional world but also in day-to-day life. Certain cultural nuances can be lost in translation, therefore, being able to communicate with someone in his or her first language is essential to fully understanding different perspectives and cultivating an appreciation for a culture outside of my own.

In addition to the programs that the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts offers, I also appreciate that I can meet with a pre-law advisor in the Newman LSA Academic Advising Center while still pursuing a full course load of undergraduate studies in International Affairs.

Furthermore, I love that the Global Scholars Learning Community fosters the continuation of academic discussions beyond the classroom. In high school I have been enrolled in the Global Perspectives and Citizenship independent study program. This multi-year program has focused on the in-depth study of the economic, political, and social challenges facing the global community. Over the years, I have found that some of the most beneficial discussions take place outside of the classroom setting. As someone curious about America's place in the world and the challenges it will face in the coming years, I am also excited about the potential experiences offered by the Internship Abroad program.

Overall, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts offers a wide range of opportunities that will be essential to my growth as both a thoughtful student, and as an engaged citizen.

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