The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides an intellectual foundation that enables students to communicate, collaborate, and work across national, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic boundaries. By incorporating extensive foreign language study and mandating an overseas experience, the major fosters competencies that students need in order to function successfully in a global environment. Flexible major requirements encourage depth and breadth of thematic and regional knowledge.
Students explore the major by taking two introductory courses chosen from the following thematic areas: Global Health and Environment; Global Development; Human Rights and International Law; Culture and Politics; Peace and Conflict; and Diplomacy, Security, Governance. They can then bring focus to their major studies by completing advanced electives related to the thematic area(s) that most closely aligns with their own interests. Students are also required to complete a minor.