About the Major

Global and international studies helps students understand the international system and prepares them for careers in an increasingly globalized world. As a student, you will learn another language; specialize in a given region of the world; study abroad for the major; and focus on cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of the international system. International studies will bring awareness of the major global forces at work in the 21st century. As a graduate from this program, you will be equipped to pursue a career or graduate studies in an interdependent world.

Studies and abilities this major develops include: cultural competency, foreign language, public speaking, research, and writing (IU Department of International Studies, 2017).

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Language courses
  • Intro to international studies
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Perspectives on the world
  • Human geography
  • Intro to international relations
  • Study abroad experience

Possible Careers

  • Business analyst
  • Disaster and disease relief
  • Journalist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Trade specialist
  • United Nations officer*
  • Volunteer coordinator

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community Health Network
  • Community and social services
  • Government
  • International business
  • Social services
  • Travel and tourism

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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