Meet Your Major

As an international studies major, you’ll develop your cross-cultural understanding and learn to interact with others in our increasingly complex and diverse global community. 

This interdisciplinary academic program will provide you with deep insights into the political, social, economic, and historical forces that have shaped the world in which we live.

As an international studies major, you will:

  • Study global forces in religion, politics, history, and economics that shape relations among countries, with particular attention to one area of concentration
  • Focus your studies on one area of concentration:  
    • Global and Regional Systems of Governance and Societies
    • Global Economy, International Business, and Development
    • Global Peace, Justice, and Ethics
    • Global Health and Environment
  • Improve your knowledge of the historical, political, economic, socio-cultural, philosophical, ideological, technological and strategic factors that shape the world today.
  • Enhance your research abilities by finding, evaluating and interpreting relevant primary and secondary sources, and by conducting, analyzing and interpreting original research.
  • Learn how to apply your knowledge by presenting a convincing case for a course of action that addresses a significant international issue or challenge.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll broaden your global perspectives by studying a foreign language and taking part in experiential learning opportunities, such as an internship, study abroad program, or a semester in Washington, DC.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the international studies program, you’ll be well equipped to further your education at graduate school, as well as pursue a career in international business, government, law, media, education or nonprofit organizations. You might pursue a career as a director of international programs, foreign correspondent, government policy adviser, journalist, management consultant, or political scientist.

This program pairs well with any other major or minor, and offers lots of opportunity for synergy among courses. If you choose to minor in a related field, like economics or political science, you’ll stand out in the job market. Our graduates have gone on to have careers in the government, private sector, and non-profit organizations.

If you choose to further your education in graduate school, know that our students have been admitted to the top graduate programs in the world. Some of the graduate schools our students have been admitted to include:

  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tufts University
  • George Washington University
  • American University
  • Boston University
  • University of Maryland
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Kings College, London
  • European University Institute

What You’ll Take

This bachelor’s degree program requires a minimum of 124 credits. As part of the overall 124 credit minimum, you’ll take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 38-credit and 10-course-minimum requirement in the international studies major. 

Course Requirements

Core Introductory Courses (complete all three courses)

INT 1000 Introduction to International Studies
RTS 1010 World Religions
POL 1900 International Politics


Advanced Core Courses (complete four courses) 

ECO 1204
OR
POL 3540

Principles of Macroeconomics 
OR
International Political Economy 
POL 2000 Political Science Methods
HIS 3330 World History Since 1945
INT 4800 Senior Seminar in International Studies

 

Concentrations

(complete three courses in any concentration)


Global and Regional Systems of Governance and Societies

COM 4450 Global Media
COM 4531 Intercultural Communication
HIS 3366 History of the Modern Middle East 
HIS 3378 History of Modern Britain 
HIS 3401 Europe’s Revolutionary Nineteenth Century 
HIS 3410 Twentieth Century Europe 
HIS 3412 Hitler Mussolini, and the Fascist Challenge in Europe, 1900-1950 
HIS 3440 Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present 
HIS 3470 History of Imperial Russia 
HIS 3471 From Lenin to Putin: Russia in the Twentieth Century 
INT 3600 Special Topics: International Studies* when course pertains to a Global and Regional Systems of Governance and Societies topic as determined by the Director of International Studies
PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice 
PHL 3030 Global Justice 
POL 1500 Comparative Politics 
POL 2200 Global Issues 
POL 3520 Modern China 
POL 3525 Politics of the Middle East 
POL 3530 Democracy, Development and Violence 
POL 3540 International Political Economy
POL 3541 Cyber Security: The Intersection of Technology and Policy 
POL 4599W Issues and Cases in US Foreign Policy
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology 
SPA 3100 Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
SPA 3400 Language(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance
SOC 3650 Sociology of Immigration


Global Economy, International Business, and Development

COM 4450 Global Media
COM 4531 Intercultural Communication
ECO 3303 Sustainable Development
ECO 3306         International Economics
ECO 3312 The History of Economic Thought
HIS 3331 Slaves and Spices: A History of the Indian Ocean 
INT 3600 Special Topics: International Studies* when course pertains to a Global Economy, International Business, and Development topic as determined by the Director of International Studies
MGT 3357 International Management
MGT 3370 International Entrepreneurship
MGT 3375 Doing Business in Emerging Markets
MKT 3320 Global Marketing
POL 2200 Global Issues
POL 3540 International Political Economy
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology


Global Peace, Justice, and Ethics

COM 4450 Global Media
COM 4531 Intercultural Communications
HIS 3390 Modern European Social History  
HIS 3391 Women in Modern European History
HIS 3412 Hitler, Mussolini, and the Fascist Challenge in Europe, 1900-1950
INT 3600 Special Topics: International Studies* when course pertains to a Global Peace, Justice, and Ethics topic as determined by the Director of International Studies
PHL 2420 Wisdoms of Asia
PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
PHL 3030 Global Justice
POL 3530 Democracy, Development, and Violence
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
RTS 3760 Theology & History of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
SPA 3400 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance
SOC 3650 Sociology of Immigration
WGS 3110 Global Gender Issues and Social Justice


Global Health and Environment

ECO 3305 Ecological Economics
HIS 3380 Science, Technology, and Society                 
HIS 3550            Global Empire, Race, and Nature: 1750-1945
HIS 3335 World Environmental History
HSC 3103 Global Public Health
INT 3600 Special Topics: International Studies* when course pertains to a Global Health and Environment topic as determined by the Director of International Studies
WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health

 

Some courses may require prerequisites. If you wish to use one of these courses to fulfill a requirement in International Studies, you are responsible for either taking the prerequisite(s) or obtaining a waiver from the professor teaching the course. 

 

Foreign Language Requirement

You are required to have modern foreign language proficiency through the second semester of intermediate level.

Experiential Learning Requirement

You are required to participate in a study abroad semester, a Washington semester, or a relevant internship experience for credit.

 

Related Majors and Minors 

We strongly encourage you to double major or minor in a related discipline, such as business, economics, sociology, art history, political science, communication, or foreign languages. These disciplines will give you additional knowledge and help you in your individual career goals. Coursework in related fields will help you better understand how individuals and societies relate across national boundaries and how global forces influence human behavior.