The Croft student becomes a global citizen in two ways. First, the courses you take here at the Institute, the time you spend abroad, and your mastery of a new language give you a deeper appreciation for the complex interactions that drive todayâ€™s global society, the diversity of people and cultures, and the challenges and opportunities that await your generation on the world stage. Second, the skills you have developed in writing, speaking, and quantitative and qualitative analysis will help you compete with your peers at the global level. Whether you become a Foreign Service Officer, a financial adviser, an international marketer, an attorney, a teacher, a journalist, or something else; whether you work for the government, a large multinational corporation, a non-profit organization, or small business; whether you live in the United States or abroad, a B.A. in International Studies will not only prepare you for a successful career, but it will help you live a richer and more fulfilling life.
Studying in a foreign country can be a life-changing experience. For Croft students, the semester or year spent abroad is not an extended holiday; it is a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, to take classes that arenâ€™t offered at Ole Miss or anywhere else in the U.S., and to develop relationships with people with whom you can communicate because you have taken the time to learn their language. Graduates from the Croft Institute go on to a wide variety of professions, but wherever they go, they take with them the confidence and open-mindedness of a true global citizen.
"Croft takes the clichÃ© out of 'expanding your horizons.' The Institute has rigorously challenged me to speak out and question my own views. I now have the invaluable skill of conceptualizing global trends and articulating them into writing."
Missy Green, 2009 Croft graduate