International Studies, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies program prepares students to navigate a rapidly changing, globalized world. The major’s comprehensive curriculum puts students on the path to international jobs, scholarships and graduate school.

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What Will I Learn?

International Studies prepares you to cross into other cultures and navigate global networks of an ever-changing and interdependent world. Majoring in international studies helps you gain awareness of intercultural differences and important trends in international affairs. You will learn how global linkages in the world’s economy, politics, media, culture, and natural environment can bring benefits, but also increase international tensions.

Erika Otthofer

Meet Erika Otthofer

“Students that have a particular interest in international affairs will thrive in the International Studies program. They can tailor their areas of study to focus on expanding upon their language and cultural competency skills of their desired world region through courses, study abroad and an internship.”

How Erika Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

Area studies courses and a foreign language requirement prepare students to interact successfully with people of particular countries and world regions. Global perspectives courses prepare students to understand the forces of globalization knitting the world together.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

The most popular second majors are French, history, political science and Spanish. These are all popular minors along with anthropology, business, German studies, psychology, military science, and international development (required for the Peace Corps Prep Program).

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

  • International business
  • International education
  • International development
  • Peace Corps
  • Immigrant social and legal services
  • Customs/Immigration agent
  • International risk consultant
  • Intelligence analyst
  • International law

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Study abroad or internship requirements provide hands-on experiences that lead to jobs. Our students have studied in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with groups and events on campus that involve speakers, trips, films and many other activities.