In pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in international studies, students develop an understanding of international political, economic, historical, and cultural questions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. In choosing their courses, students are able to take advantage of this multi-disciplinary approach and develop their own interests within the broader field of international studies.
For students who wish to pursue a master’s degree in international studies, the University offers two joint BA/MA programs, one with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and one with Sciences Po in France (Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris).
Upon graduating with a BA in international studies, students will have:
- Attained knowledge across a broad spectrum of academic fields, including political science, history, economics, anthropology, and sociology
- Gained a deeper understanding of a specific academic area of interest via a chosen focus area or double major track
- Acquired proficiency in at least one foreign language
- Had the opportunity to study abroad in their region of interest
- Had the opportunity to further explore their academic interests in greater depth through a senior thesis, a substantial independent research project written under the supervision of a faculty adviser in the students’ department of interest.