North Central College - Naperville, IL
Global Studies major

“North Central’s global studies major is eclectic,” says James, currently a graduate student focusing on international affairs and Chinese studies at the prestigious Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. “Other schools just look at political or cultural issues, but at North Central you take all types of classes from a variety of disciplines. It’s a very well-rounded major.”

As an undergrad, he studied in China and Japan for 15 weeks. Choosing the international relations track, he researched the reintegration of Hong Kong into mainland China and secured a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund his work. He presented his findings at four academic and honors conferences.

James's North Central experience profoundly influenced his career path. He wants to work in international relations, possibly with a U.S. consulate or embassy. “China is becoming an important country and a global economy, but East Asia still isn’t fully understood,” he says. “I’m eager to get involved in the field.”