Are you interested in:

  • Solving global problems
  • Exploring diverse cultures in a multinational setting
  • Making and debating arguments
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Reading critically
  • Writing persuasively

The international studies major is ideal for students who wish to take an interdisciplinary approach to the world that lies beyond the United States. Building on a core of at least 18 hours in history and political science, each student consults with her advisor to choose an additional 17-18 hours from courses in a variety of disciplines to craft her own unique program offering insight into contemporary global affairs. Each student should strive for fluency in one target language.

Types of jobs:

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Local, state, or federal government
  • Libraries and archives
  • The foreign service
  • Paralegal professions
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Think tanks/non-profits

Attend graduate school for:

  • College and university teaching
  • Government service
  • History
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Political science
  • Public administration

Options for the major:

  • B.A. in international studies
  • Double major or minor in any additional related area of interest including criminology, business, mass communication, or foreign languages
  • Teaching licensure for elementary, middle, or high school teaching
  • Model U.N.
  • Study abroad
  • Undergraduate research
  • Student teaching
  • Internships – recent placements have included
    • U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants
    • International Affairs Council Internship
    • U.S. Immigrations and Customs Bureau

Professional associations:

Career outlook:

Political scientists
High school teachers
Middle school teachers
Foreign service officers
Foreign affairs specialist
News analyst/correspondent
Tourism and travel

Additional information:

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