International Studies Major

Do so much more than just see the world.

At a glance

The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to help you explore and understand the nature of diverse cultures and peoples. You’ll learn a broad range of subjects, all of which contribute to a wide range of job prospects from government, academics, law and foreign service to communications, media, journalism, and beyond. Within the major, you’ll have multiple opportunities to travel, learn languages, and explore cultures around the world.   

Degree typeBachelor of Arts
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Liberal Arts
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?Yes
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Asian Studies

You’ll focus on Asian cultures and societies through a combination of history, religions, philosophy, literature, art, and political science, along with three years of language (Chinese, Japanese, or substitution with advisor approval) to help you interpret Asia’s present and past. Geographical study areas include China, Korea, Japan, the Indian Subcontinent, the Pacific Islands, and more. 

European Studies

This interdisciplinary concentration combines European history, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and political science, along with three years of language (French, German, Russian, Spanish, or substitution with advisor approval) to give you the tools to understand and interpret the continent’s rich-and-intriguing past and present.  

Global Studies

You’ll focus on contemporary experiences of culturally distinct communities encountering a rapidly globalizing political economy

Latin American Studies

This concentration aims to trace the similarities and differences among the Latin American countries, recognizing the historical origins of current conditions. Courses in history, economics, literature, sociology, political science, anthropology, art, and three years of Spanish give students a powerful tool for understanding and interpreting Latin America’s past and present. 

Middle East and North African Studies

This concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of Middle East and North Africa cultures and societies. Courses include history, religion/philosophy, literature, art, and three years of Arabic language to give you the tools to understand and interpret this area’s past and present.   

Some Career Options

As a graduate, you can use your globally focused skills in critical thinking, leadership, and communication in just about any career. You’ll be able to pursue a wide variety of employment opportunities, though diplomacy, law, politics, teaching, community development, and nonprofit organizations.

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