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International Studies, BA

The International Studies (BA) 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.

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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 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?

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.

Contact the International Studies Program Mowrey 246 Shippensburg University Phone: 717-477-1907