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International Studies

Our International Studies program is among the few schools that offers specialized tracks in International Politics and Global Development Studies, with emphasis on gender, peace and human rights. Our curriculum prepares the students to pursue careers in local, national, and international agencies and organizations as well as in the government and the private sector.

Why take up International Studies with MC?

Miriam College is among the few schools that offer specialized tracks under its International Studies Program. These tracks are International Politics and Global Development Studies, with emphasis on gender, peace and human rights. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in local, national, and international agencies and organizations as well as in the government and the private sector.

  • Features a program that is geared towards the needs of the international community, as well as the needs of national agencies as they engage, compete, and collaborate with other nations
  • Goes beyond diplomatic and consular services, recognizing that, though crucial, Foreign Service is but one form of international engagement.
  • Emphasizes on the importance of developing the competencies of young women for diplomacy, leadership, and innovation, be they employed by public or private agencies
  • Features a curriculum that develops young women for active citizen engagement
  • Takes pride in producing graduates who are hybrid citizens, meaning they are globally informed yet locally rooted

What Will I Study?

As an International Studies major, you will be able to choose from these 2 tracks: International Politics, minor in Peace Studies and Development Studies, minor in Gender Studies.

International Politics, minor in Peace Studies

This track focuses on the analysis of the shifting power dynamic and geo politics of the international community as well as of the global and regional institutions and mechanisms arising from these. Core subject include:

This course will build on your understanding of the dynamics of international politics by focusing on selected international/regional organizations and institutions, highlighting their emergence, structure and processes, and their contribution to a changing international political world, together with an analysis of current trends such as ‘regionalism’, transnational social movement and activism, and ‘global civil society.’
This course studies operational and structural strategies to address violent conflicts, why they occur and the responsibilities of states, civil society and international organizations in promoting a culture of prevention. It introduces the various theories that deal with the nature and causes of conflicts and the different modalities of conflict transformation at the interpersonal, inter-group and international levels.
This is a survey course focused on global and transnational issues and concerns affecting international peace and security and that encourages critical, long-term, and forward thinking by inquiring into alternatives for sustainable global peace and security.
This course looks at peace issues and processes with particular emphasis on the Philippines. It specifically examines conflicts, their causes and possible alternatives, as well as, peace-building efforts and lessons that can be derived from such initiatives.
Development Studies minor in Gender Studies

This track focuses on the analysis of and responses to persistent social and economic inequalities in developing countries and emerging global issues, as well as a critical understanding of the regional and global institutions/structures/mechanisms arising from such phenomena. Core subjects include:

This course examines the various forms of sexism in language and the masculinist orientation of knowledge production that create gender/sexual inequalities. It also focuses on women’s/feminist studies programs as a strategy for gender equality.
This course focuses on the politics in the generation, distribution, and use of resources in development, specifically focusing in finance, food and volunteerism, in the context of the politico-economic dynamics of Official Development Assistance (ODA) provision and implementation in international development cooperation.
This course examines the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and related United Nations documents and agreements that promote women’s rights as well as, explores more deeply women’s political leadership as a strategic expression of gender equality.
This course is an application of theories learned in the Theories of Development and Development, Planning and Analysis courses. As such, it will deepen your understanding of the constraints and issues of post-colonial states (Third World/South Perspectives) as they grapple with the challenges of globalization.
  • Total Program Units: 175 units
    General Education: 94
    Required Courses: 54
    Track and Minor Courses: 27

  • Standard Completion Time: 4 years

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This program has Level IV accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). More Information >

Career Paths


Our graduates are everywhere! A recent tracer study showed that our graduates are employed in the following areas:

  • Government Agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Senate of the Philippines and the Commission on Human Rights
  • International Inter-Governmental Organizations and Funding Agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees; United Nations World Health Organization and the Asian Development Bank
  • International Non-Governmental Organizations such as Oxfam GB, Save the Children, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women and Greenpeace
  • Local Non-Governmental Organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross, Children’s Education First Coalition, Christ’s Commission Foundation Inc.
  • Academe such as UP Law Center, Ateneo Human Rights Center and the MC Center for Peace Education;
  • Private Sectors and Foreign Embassies

Based on this study, approximately one-third of MC International Studies graduates are employed by the public sector. In a sense, we are breeding the next generation of public servants, a generation of empowered women leaders in service.

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