International Studies

What is International Studies?

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Global, International & Area Studies of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  It is designed to enable students to understand societies outside the United States in the context of an increasingly interdependent world.  By integrating courses that address an array of issues and challenges affecting people across the globe, International Studies provides students with multiple viewpoints and perspectives.  It also offers opportunities for an international experience and for advanced study of a foreign language.  International Studies majors and minors may be eligible for the university’s Fowler International Scholarship and for financial assistance in conjunction with their education abroad experience.

What Can I Do With International Studies?

International Studies is of particular value to those with career objectives in government, law, journalism, teaching, business trade or military service. It also serves those who will seek employment with international organizations such as the United Nations or with non-governmental agencies with an international or cross-cultural focus. Students may consider International Studies as their exclusive major or as a second major to enhance their preparation for other types of careers with an international dimension.

Why is International Studies Unique?

  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives
  • Global Awareness
  • International Experience
  • Foreign Language Study
  • Area/Topics in Concentrated Study


The International Studies major has a moderately flexible curriculum. Ideally students will take several foundational courses, including INTL 1101 and courses from each of the three Advanced Core areas designed to enhance global economic, geo/political, and social/cultural awareness, before progressing to more advanced electives in one of the offered area concentrations - African, Asian, European, or Comparative Studies. The Senior Seminar, INTL 4601, completes the degree. Majors must also complete related work in foreign language and an international experience. Within this framework, students have flexibility in designing their own program of study in consultation with an advisor, so students declaring as sophomores and even early in their junior year can usually finish their degree on schedule.

For a complete overview of the International Studies Major, please download the pdf at the link below.

International Studies Major Requirments (before Spring 2016

New International Studies Major Requirements (effecitve Spring 2016)

Academic Plan of Study


The minor in International Studies requires completion of 18 semester hours (and 6 to 8 hours of foreign language at the 2000 level) with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Students will complete 6 hours of introductory course work and 12 hours from courses in a selected concentration. Students will choose an area concentration in Africa, Asia, or Europe. A self-designed concentration focusing on a particular issue, theme, or region is also available. All students pursuing the minor must have their curriculum approved by an adviser.

For a complete overview of the International Studies Minor, please download the pdf at the link below.

International Studies Minor Requirements (before Spring 2016)

New International Studies Minor Requirements (effective Srping 2016)