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).
For students who wish to join the International Studies honors society, applications for Sigma Iota Rho are now open. Apply here! For more information on Sigma Iota Rho, click here to see the description.
International Studies Learning Goals
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.