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International Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies at the University of Southern Indiana is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for the multicultural world in which we live. In a modern world of increasing interdependence and rapid change, the need to understand complex and evolving relationships among nations and regions is critical. Knowledge of the world enriches the mind, challenges prior conceptions and fosters a sophisticated appreciation of diverse traditions and global connections.

The Bachelor of Arts in international studies aims to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the traditions, values, aspirations and concerns of people throughout the world and provides the foundation for informed and productive citizenship in the world community. 

The Need for International Studies

The demand for graduates in international studies is growing fast in the private sector and in government. Job opportunities include international, government and non-government organizations, foreign trade, diplomacy, international law, marketing, health administration, foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, foreign aid, humanitarian services, politics, education, language services and journalism.

The international studies major provides skills desired for jobs in management, administration, consulting firms, media, public service, commerce and industry. These include skills in research, communication, policy and political analysis and information management. 

An undergraduate degree in international studies also provides an excellent background for the study of law and advanced graduate study in a number of social science disciplines, business and journalism.

International Studies Programs

Students may choose a major or a minor in international studies. The international studies major culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Major coursework consiste of a required core and electives from various disciplines, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science
  • World Languages and Cultures

Students must complete a minimum of two years (four semesters) or equivalent study in one non-English world language.

International study or work is strongly recommended.

In addition to major requirements, students must also complete the University Core 39.