International and Comparative Studies (PICS)

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Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS)

1080 South University Avenue, Suite 2660
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: (734) 764-2268
Fax: (734) 763-9154


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

Knowledge and insight pertaining to global affairs and different societies and cultures are more important than ever in today's interconnected world. A well-developed international perspective contributes to personal intellectual growth, is an increasingly important component of America's civic culture, and is required for success in an expanding number of professions.

The Career Center's Career Guide for International Studies

Each Career Guide highlights curriculum requirements, as well as skills and abilities that may be developed and applied through each course of study. To complement the academic information, a range of interesting occupational opportunities are listed as a starting point for considering how academic experiences may translate to professional work settings. The Career Guide series represents a collaborative effort between The Career Center and numerous academic units.

International & Comparative Studies Advising

The International Studies Advisor will assist students in developing a program of study. Advising for the Honors plan is provided by the PICS Director and the PICS Honors Thesis advisor. For more information, see:

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