Students in international studies develop an understanding of the complex interactions of politics, culture, history, and economics that shape global relations.
Students learn to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries as an approach to addressing the world’s most complex global challenges such as migration, war, health, and the environment. They gain insight into the processes and institutions that shape global activities and develop the tools necessary to study ongoing events in this complex and rapidly changing world. This major allows students to develop an emphasis in a particular regional or functional area, but within the larger context of international relations. For example, you might concentrate in African studies or developmental studies, or work with faculty on a research project.
Your Major Took You Where?
International Studies majors have gone on to a variety of graduate programs and careers.
- Americorps Career Building Academy
- Fulbright U.S. Student Program
- Teaching Assistant Program in France
- USA Today
- U.S. Senate
- George Washing University (M.A., European & Eurasian studies)
- Johns Hopkins University (M.A., China studies)
- Kent State University
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (M.S., accounting)
- University of Texas (M.A., Middle Eastern/global policy studies)
To understand and address these challenges, the major combines core interdisciplinary courses with four distinct disciplinary tracks. Core courses develop a common body of knowledge through a mix of introductory and specialized courses that span the globe both geographically and thematically: from Canada to India, from trade to human rights, from Google to the W.H.O. The disciplinary tracks – politics, economics, history, and religion – allow students the flexibility to choose an area that best corresponds to their intellectual and professional goals within the broader framework of international studies. We strongly encourage students to study abroad as an essential element of their experience.