International Studies

Learn about the world that extends beyond where you currently live. Are you motivated to think and work internationally?  Examine and gain a better understanding of societies, economies, and political systems in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

International Studies mostly revolves around regions facing significant challenges, whether it be long-standing conflicts, a lack of stable institutions that can protect human rights, or institutions that maintain or deepen economic inequality and poverty.

You will choose from one of three specialized concentrations of study:

1. International security and conflict

International politics including the causes, patterns, and consequences of wars within and between states, terrorism, and possible ways of resolving conflicts and building peace and security.

2. Comparative world politics, culture and society

Sociology and politics of different regions of the world; themes such as religion and politics, nationalism and globalism, patterns of democratization and authoritarian rule around the world.

3. International development, economic and environmental issues

Causes and consequences of disparities in wealth and poverty, global economy, development strategies and policies, and environmental issues.

* International Studies FASS One Pager.pdf
Last updated July 10, 2023


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“I chose International Studies because it was a major where I could study a little bit about everything I wanted to learn, whether it was political science, economics, philosophy, sociology, or history. The reason I stayed in International Studies was because the department always had more courses I wanted to take. I think it's normal once you get partway through your degree to feel uninspired, like you're just completing courses for the sake of credits—but in International Studies, I never felt this way. There were always new professors, new seminars, and more interesting courses I wanted to take.”

Miranda Pinter-Collett

2022 Graduating class | International Studies Major 

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