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College of Arts and Sciences

International Studies

Emphasizing the interdisciplinary pursuit of comparative and/or international politics, the International Studies Program is designed to create the leaders of tomorrow. Students tailor their programs of study to focus on such topics as foreign policy, global economic or environmental studies, or international conflict and cooperation.

Career opportunities in this field are numerous. Graduates are prepared for foreign services, international organizations, government organizations and international trade organizations.

Undergraduate: B.A.

As an international studies majors gain an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and the quality of citizenship in the world. They benefit from outstanding faculty and challenging coursework that help develop critical learning skills, especially as related to the study of politics.

Students choose one or two fields of focus such as international security, international economics, U.S. foreign policy, global environmental politics, international human rights, Latin American studies, European studies, African studies, Asian studies, international development and more. Students also complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience. Study abroad is encouraged, and there are a variety of programs available.

Graduate: M.A.I.S.                      

The M.A.I.S. program is a professionally oriented program geared toward service in governmental, non-profit, and private sectors, both domestic and international. The M.A.I.S. program offers three specialized fields of study (International Relations and Practice, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Comparative Politics) and three degree paths (course-based; internship-based; thesis-based).


Department Chair
Todd Shaw

Undergraduate Director
Janis Leaphart

Graduate Director
Timothy Peterson

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