What is PICS?
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) is home to the International Studies major and minor. Both are rigorous, interdisciplinary academic programs that require three years of foreign language study, and offer students the opportunity to take a set of courses across departments, bringing multiple methods and concepts together to address worldwide problems.
International Studies is an ideal field for students planning to pursue advanced degrees or careers in international law, international business, public policy, global health, government, or with nongovernmental organizations. International Studies will help you apply your knowledge and talents in a global context.
Considering a major in International Studies? You might also be interested in a double major, pairing an International Studies major with one in economics, language study, political science, or any other complementary field. Or you could undertake a joint degree program, in business, architecture, art and design, engineering, or music while concurrently admitted to LSA and another U-M college. Learn more about the major.
The International Studies minor allows students to build a framework consisting of a region, a language, and a theme, and then construct their own curriculum from an extensive menu of courses from across campus. Learn more about the minor.
PICS Student Experiences
PICS has connected me with faculty and other students who have enriched my understanding of the international community and who have challenged me in my beliefs.
The exposure to a variety of disciplines that PICS provides students is not only relevant, but a game changer.
I'm extremely grateful for my International Studies education because it has provided me with a broader perspective on what it means to make a positive impact on the world.
What I specifically found intriguing about the International Studies major is its emphasis on incorporating culture and gaining insight into how people interact with each other and the rest of the world.