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College of Arts and Sciences

International Studies

International Studies is the study of relationships among countries, the roles of sovereign states, intergovernmental organizations (IGO), nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and multinational corporations. International studies is an academic and a public policy field.  Broadly defined, it includes the interplay of cultural, ideological, economic, and religious factors in international relations. In the early 20th century, international studies became a discrete academic field within political science.

The Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina offers two bachelor’s degrees – one in political science, the other in International StudiesThe Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies emphasizes the interdisciplinary pursuit of comparative and/or international politics, allowing students to tailor their programs of study to focus on such topics as foreign policy, global economic or environmental studies, or international conflict and cooperation.

Study abroad is encouraged, and there are a variety of programs available.  The Maymester 2013 course, for example, “Foundations of Law and Government”, was taught partially in London, England, and The Hague and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The undergraduate degree in international studies is an excellent background for careers in law, government, teaching, and a variety of other areas.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Neal Woods, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, 803-777-7359,

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