About the Program
About the Program
The interdisciplinary major allows students to develop their own program of study through the selection of an area of concentration. The area of concentration is a cluster of five courses that the student may choose from among three or more disciplines. The areas of concentration include: Culture & Communication, Development, International Public Policy, and International Relations. International Studies majors are also provided with training in cross-cultural mediation which is a valuable skill to prepare students for the challenges they will encounter in their careers.
Areas of Concentration: (Click on each link for further information)
The International Studies Program at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is privileged to have a Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR). The City College of New York is one of only sixteen colleges in the United States with a DIR. The current Diplomat-in-Residence is Usha Pitts (NAC 6/142). Contact: DIRNewYorkMetro@State.Gov cell: 202.445.9752 and/or DIR Facebook. The DIR is a career State Department officer who helps students who wish to work at the State Department or diplomatic corps.
The City College of New York Model United Nations
The delegation from The City College of New York, supported by the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, has been an active participant at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference for decades. The Model United Nations is one of the largest and most influential conferences that provide firsthand experience to undergraduate students. The CCNY program alumni consistently describe it as their most memorable college experience. New York State is implementing a law that would require all SUNY and CUNY undergraduate students to participate in a firsthand learning experience prior to graduation. For these reasons, we are advocating that we expose as many students to MUN experience as possible.
CCNY Model UN Course:
INTL 31408 – Research For Model United Nations (Fall Semester)
Research for Model United Nations examines major issues facing the world organization. Students will also be introduced to the practice of international diplomacy through presentations and in-class simulations. They will conduct research in security, disarmament, environment, development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. The course is designed to prepare for Model United Nations (Spring Semester) and provide general knowledge about international organizations.
INTL 31406 - Model United Nations (Spring Semester)
Note: This course is crosslisted with PSC 25500
This course will prepare students for the Model U.N. which is a simulation of the United Nations in class and at local level leading to a national exercise held in New York City. Throughout the semester we will examine major issues facing the United Nations, learn about the work of its specialized agencies, and explore the world of multilateral diplomacy. Special guests will discuss their work at the Secretariat and in the field. Students will also be introduced to the practice of international diplomacy through presentations and group exercises. Model U.N. is designed to prepare students for the national conference as well as to provide general knowledge about international organizations.
If you have any questions about the Model UN course, contact Rafal Szczurowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City College of New York has received consultative status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI). The City College of New York is one of only four institutions of higher education in the New York metropolitan area and the first CUNY college to earn this distinction. NGO status will permit City College's International Studies Program to place up to four undergraduate interns each semester at the UN as youth representatives to International NGOs.