College of Arts and Sciences
International Studies

Program Summary

  • The international studies major enables students to act competently and conscientiously within an increasingly interconnected world. Students 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. International studies majors also connect their classroom-based knowledge to real world situations through direct foreign experience, senior research projects, and internship work. An international studies degree equips students to pursue further study and internationally oriented careers in fields such as government, business, law, communications, development and education.

    Study Abroad

    The international studies major requires a learning program in a country other than the United States. The university offers approved study abroad opportunities through exchange, consortia, and independent programs. Each study abroad program will demonstrate high academic standards and insist on theoretical and practical interaction where students strengthen their understanding of the local culture and global situation of their country of choice. An acceptable study abroad experience for the international studies major includes a minimum of 15 quarter credits, or its equivalent in semester credits, provided that the student meets full time status in the chosen study abroad program.

    Degrees and Specializations Offered

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Studies: In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in international studies, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and major/department grade point average of 2.00.

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Studies with Departmental Honors: The International Studies departmental honors major offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals. To be accepted to the program, students must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50. Interested students should apply to the department early in fall quarter for that year’s department honors courses. A call for applications will be e-mailed to INST students in advance. 

    Minor in International Studies: In order to earn a minor in international studies, students must complete 30 credits in international studies. Courses satisfying requirements for university core cannot also satisfy requirements for the international studies minor, unless they are senior synthesis or interdisciplinary core courses. Consult your international studies advisor on this prior to registering for senior synthesis and interdisciplinary core courses. Click here for degree requirements.