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The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) seeks to be a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of issues that transcend borders. We encourage students and faculty to broaden their horizons while they deepen their knowledge of particular cultures and political, economic, and social contexts. We administer one of the fastest growing and largest undergraduate programs on campus in the form of both a major and minor as well as fellowship support for students. 

The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) was founded in 2005 to provide a home for International Studies at Michigan, and to develop interdisciplinary initiatives and courses on themes of international significance that cut across geographic areas. CICS established the minor in International Studies. The fast growing minor prompted CICS to develop an International Studies major, which was introduced in 2009. 

CICS was renamed the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) in 2013. This change reflected the overwhelming focus of our energies on the delivery of this program to undergraduate students.

  • International Studies is among the top eight most popular majors at LSA
  • International Studies is among the top five LSA programs with Bachelor Degrees conferred
  • PICS graduated nearly 215 minors since 2007, and over 1300 majors since 2010
  • Bachelor Degrees conferred in 2016: 240

International Studies Major Class of 2016

  • Average Grade Point Average: 3.45
  • 41% had 1 major, 59% had 2 or more majors
  • 36% had 1 or more minors
  • Overall 79% of the students with an International Studies major had either another major(s), a minor(s) or both

Who studies International Studies?

  • 73% Women
  • 27% Men

Each year 75+ students study, intern, research abroad.
International Studies students study in 
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Grenada, France, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom.

Top foreign languages of study: Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.

Where International Studies Graduates Work

  • Top Fields: Non-for-Profit, Education, Healthcare
  • Top Locations: Michigan, outside the U.S., Illinois

International Studies Graduates Continuing Education

  • Top Academic Levels: masters, professional, dual degree
  • Top Program: Law