Develop global perspectives and skills required for life
and careers in the 21st century
International Studies students learn that the complexity of current world conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. They take core IS courses to learn key concepts and practical skills, and extend their education by choosing from an array of internationally-focused courses from the social sciences, humanities, and arts.
International Studies students also are encouraged to develop real-world intercultural skills by studying abroad, engaging locally with international communities, completing internships, participating in service learning, and conducting research. Through academic and co-curricular experiences, students become prepared to positively contribute to the world.
International Studies is an ideal complement to a wide range of academic degree programs and many students combine their International Studies major with another major such as a world language, business, journalism, anthropology, dance, or a health science. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in such fields as public health, law, global development studies, urban and regional planning and area studies.
As an International Studies major, you will gain important skills that are transferable to a variety of international career sectors such as education, translation/interpreting, non-profits/non-governmental organizations, business, and government.
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides students with core knowledge and skills in this multidisciplinary field, enables them to choose their own coursework to learn about global themes and world cultures, and provides a capstone experiences and career-development coursework to help students put their knowledge into practice.
Students are expected to demonstrate:
- a recognition that the complexity of current world conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving;
- analysis and synthesis of information about key topics in international studies;
- intellectual open-mindedness when addressing global issues; and
- application of cross-cultural skills when engaging respectfully with people from other countries and diverse communities in the United States.
Minor in International Studies
The International studies minor is designed to flexibly meet the needs of students in diverse majors/colleges by providing them with globally-oriented skills, knowledge and experience which will augment their major course of study.
Features of the Minor
The Minor in International Studies:
- adds cross-cultural skills to any major;
- builds global competency through coursework; and
- includes an option to count study abroad course for the minor or to include an experiential learning activity.