College of Arts and Sciences
International Studies

International Studies

  • The International Studies major enables students to act competently and conscientiously within an increasingly interconnected world. Students will acquire multiple perspectives on global patterns and local contexts through a broad interdisciplinary curriculum, while having the opportunity to focus on a specific world region, international issue, or subject area.

    Seattle University students can also connect their knowledge of society, politics, economics, and culture to real world situations through direct foreign experience, senior research projects and internship work. An international studies degree thus equips our students to pursue further study and internationally oriented careers in fields such as government, business, law, communications, development and education.

    Degrees offered: BA, BA with Department Honors, minor

    International Studies Honors Program

    The International Studies Department offers a two-course, cohort model honors program for qualified majors. It has the following distinctive features: 

    • Highly selective (with minimum overall and major GPAs plus application process)
    • Cohort model with students and faculty working together through two quarters
    • Students expected to produce a high-quality, scholarly paper suitable for presentation at an undergraduate research conference or for publication in an undergraduate research journal
    • At least two faculty review and approve final theses

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  • News and Events

    INST Senior Dinner 2015
     INST Senior Dinner 2015

    Two INST students won Gilman Scholarships:  Cilia Jurdy to study abroad in Jordan, and Irene Rico-Lopez to study in Italy.

    Marthadina Russell, rising INST sophomore, was awarded a Clapp International Humanitarian Scholarship for academic year 2015-2016.  This scholarship is renewable for two additional years.

    Recent INST graduate Paige Bowman was a finalist for a Fulbright fellowship to study corn farmers and post-NAFTA adjustment programs.  With alternate funding, Paige will carry out this research in Mexico within the next year.