BA in International Studies

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major administered by the Department of Political Science. Students have the opportunity to learn about regions of the world as well as social, political and economic issues confronting actors in the international environment. The interdisciplinary curriculum, combined with foreign language study, offer students flexibility in planning their course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor.

As an International Studies major, you can select courses from several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Hankamer School of Business. Because of the diversity of courses in cross-cultural political, economic, and social issues, the major is suitable for those interested in a variety of careers.


This interdisciplinary program is administered by the Department of Political Science and is designed for:

  1. Those who hope to qualify for recruitment by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, other U.S. Government agencies engaged in international operations, or agencies of the United Nations or other international organizations, such as Amnesty International or the International Red Cross.

  2. Those who contemplate missionary service, with such organizations as the International Justice Mission, Catholic Relief Services, or missionary service through church sponsorship. This program is designed to introduce the prospective missionary to cross-cultural political, economic, and social relations.

  3. Those who anticipate business assignments abroad or domestic positions in international trade and finance.

  4. Those who are preparing for careers in public relations, mass communications, or international journalism.

  5. Those who wish to prepare for staff work with international foundations.

  6. Those who plan on teaching careers in international education (overseas teaching or domestic teaching of international affairs).

  7. Those who expect to become officers in the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine Corps.

  8. Those who anticipate careers with the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, or other intelligence organizations of the U.S. Government.

  9. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in political science, in international relations, international business, or international journalism.

  10. Those who do not plan an international career but seek a liberal arts education.

Department of Political Science

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