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, 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

    Professor Greg Tuke, MSW, Internship coordinator for International Studies has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for 2015-16.

    INST major Hilary Hanses has received Honorable Mention  in the College of Arts & Sciences International Photo competition, "Imagining the World." Her two honorable-mention photos, Nara Park and  Cat and the Bell , will be included in the SU Kinsey Gallery during the spring quarter showing. Hilary took both photos in Japan: Nara Park  was taken in Kyushu, Nara Prefecture;   Cat and the Bell was taken in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture. The photo competition awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 7, 5-7 p.m., in Kinsey Gallery.