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.

The School for International Studies offers interdisciplinary research and teaching on international affairs. Drawing from the disciplines of economics, comparative politics and international relations, history, sociology, and anthropology, international studies is interested in the interconnected areas of peace and security, international development, human rights and international law, and governance and civil society.

About international studies

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.

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.

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.

International development, economic and environmental issues

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

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Got questions about international studies? Please contact Ellen Yap, Undergraduate Advisor.

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