International Studies

Degree to be earned: 

Choose Your Own Path

Student in SwitzerlandStudents who major in International Studies must choose between our two tracts.

International Relations

  • If you are interested in political science and economics. IR focuses on the study of nation states, international organizations and the political, economic and social environments in which these occur.

Cross Cultural Studies

  • If you are interested in history and languages. CS involves the study of diverse human languages, societies and cultures.


  1. All students must successfully complete a second language. This requirement can be met by taking a 300-level course in the second language, or by demonstrating language proficiency acceptable to the International Studies Committee.
  2. All students must complete ITS 409, a three-credit research seminar in International Studies.
  3. International Experience Requirement - Majors are required to take part in an international experience that is approved in advance by the International Studies Committee and meets the following conditions:
    1. Students who have lived primarily in the United States take part in an academic program or internship which is at least three months in duration, and in a country other than the United States. Students are strongly encouraged to spend a full academic year abroad.
    2. Students who have lived primarily in countries other than the United States take part in an off-campus academic experience or internship worth 6 or more credit hours. Acceptable options include the Washington Semester program, a study abroad program or an internship in the United States.