A major in International Studies (IS) prepares students to take their place as citizens of the world. The multi-disciplinary approach aims at immersing students in various methods of analyzing contemporary international issues. Students gain a foundation in the disciplines of political science and international relations, and a degree knowledge of global issues from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, and socioligy. An important goal of this study is to describe the nature and evolution of contemporary global structures.Students develop regional expertise in a specific country or world region (e.g., China, India, Japan, Europe, or Latin America), gain competency in a second language, and are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities.
In addition to regional expertise, students pick one of the following Specialization Tracks for a thematic focus: (1) Globalization and Social Change; (2) International Relations and Security; or (3) International Political Economy Development.
The B.A. in International Studies has proven to be a successful undergraduate degree to meet global challenges as well as to prepare students for graduate programs and law schools. The interdisciplinary nature of the BAIS positions the students to become employed by a wide range of public and private sector firms (including the Foreign Service and the intelligence community), international organizations like the (EU and UN), and non-governmental organizations. Many careers today demand that people's knowledge and skills stretch beyond their own physical and cultural borders to deal with issues in a global context.
Students who major in International Studies will be able to:
- Develop competency in various theoretical approaches in the field of international studies
- Be able to conduct rigorous comparative analysis of international issues in a regional context and within social science disciplines
- Work within conceptual frameworks to analyze the global arena of politics, economics, and social/cultural isues
- Gain proficiency in critical skills in international relations to include an emphasis on research and communication skills, knowledge of various world cultures, and global systems