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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

Majoring in Global & Area Studies

International Studies Master's of Arts Degree (MA)

The Global & Area Studies Master’s Program is a highly interdisciplinary program that allows you to create a program that fits your interests. It is a small program with highly experienced faculty who are more than excited to work with you. Students in our program go on to do work with government organizations, global environmental stewardship organizations, the Peace Corps, and nongovernmental organizations as well as move into PhD programs elsewhere. In short, should you chose to enter this program you will leave with a vast amount of knowledge and the ability to work in a wide variety of organizations.
As a Master’s student, you are required to go abroad for research. If you are a domestic student this means going to a different country; if you are an international student you will do research in the United States or another country that is not your home country. The University of Wyoming has the most funding of any public university in the United States for students to study abroad, which means it is significantly cheaper to fund field research for your thesis.

There are three different ways to complete a Master’s degree at the University of Wyoming: Traditional Master’s, Joint Degree with the school of Enviroment and Natural Resources, or the Master’s International Peace Corps Program.

The Traditional Master’s Degree:
Students complete a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research. You will work with an advisor and advisory committee to pick courses and develop your thesis.

The Joint Degree with Enviroment and Natural Resources (ENR):
Each student completes 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research. You are required to take introductory courses for both Global & Area studies and Environment and Natural Resources. When forming your committee, you will pick an advisor in both programs which sit on your committee and help you choose your courses and formulate your thesis.

The Master's of International Peace Corps Program (MIPC)

There is a program operated by the Peace Corps which allows students conduct a research project while serving in the Peace Corps. This means you first apply to the Global & Area Studies program, and upon acceptance, you are required to apply to the Peace Corps. These students take 24 hours of coursework in two or three semesters and 6 hours of credit for the Peace Corps service, which is 27 months long. There are three areas of concentration that MIPC students can choose between: Environment and Natural Resources track, Non-Governmental Organizations Administration track, or the Agriculture track. Which track you choose determines which classes you take and which professors serve on your committee. Upon completing your Peace Corps service you will write up your research project.

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