Choose from an International Studies major, double major, honors, or minor
International Studies foundational and professional formation courses in one place
Upcoming electives and University Core courses from International Studies faculty
You can tailor the curriculum to suit your needs and interests, alongside foundational and professional formation courses that build knowledge, career skills, and professional contacts.
With an International Studies major, you will reach an intermediate or higher level of proficiency in a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish), enhancing your abilities to communicate and work comfortably in multicultural or international settings.
You can take International Studies as a major, an honors degree, a minor, a double-major, or with a minor in another subject. What works best for you?
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Studies gives you the ideal balance between global cultures, economics, and politics in the present and as they have been constructed over time, that allows you to acquire critical skills for successful work in globalized and other culturally diverse settings.
The program includes a variety of opportunities for:
International Studies offers a two-course, cohort model honors program for qualified majors. It has the following distinctive features:
Interested in learning more about the type of work that INST Honors students do? You can download their Honors theses from the library website.
Many of our students double-major in International Studies with other programs. See below some popular double-majors (including a link to the program and a typical 4-year program of study):
Many other International Studies majors take a minor in subjects like:
The minor degree in International Studies can be the perfect complement to your major degree, as it can give you the basic knowledge to analyze the cultural, political, historical, and economic factors that shape our world’s opportunities and challenges. In order to earn the minor, you need to complete 30 credits:
1) Choose 3 of the following foundational courses:
2) Complete 15 credits of approved elective courses, One of these electives (5 credits) must be a designated Non-Western Humanities (NWH) course.
Full degree requirements are in the University's Catalog. [Opens in new window.]
Note: if you are a major from an interdisciplinary program (i.e., Asian Studies, Environmental Studies) you can only double-count 15 credits between the INST minor and your major.
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You can take an International Studies BA degree with a specialization in different regions of the world
You can double major in International Studies and Asian Studies. Asian Studies is a a multi-disciplinary program that offers you opportunities to explore one of the oldest cultures and civilizations in the world and its modern presence through language and cultural learning
Explore one of the oldest cultures and civilizations in the world and its modern presence through language and cultural learning.
Examine the importance of the intellectual and cultural history of the global African presence in the general scheme of world affairs.