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International Studies

Explore other cultures, experience new perspectives, visit other countries. These are what you can look forward to as an international studies major. Reach out into the world and bring back knowledge and experiences that can help you build the career of your dreams.

How will I focus my studies?

This flexible major provides a core background in international affairs, and then enables students to focus on a regional area of emphasis (i.e. Africa/Middle East, the Americas, East Asia and Europe) or a global affairs area of emphasis (i.e. international business, international environment and development, diplomacy and international security or intelligence and national security). This major can be closely integrated with study abroad programs, internships and service learning, international conferences and Model United Nations. 


The minor in international studies requires 15 hours of coursework outside of the student’s major field. Along with a core analytic course in international affairs outside the discipline of the student’s major, the minor requires 12 additional hours focused on the four geographical regions offered in the major. 

Amanda Stoner, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Major: International Studies and Geography

Amanda Stoner
Through Model United Nations, Amanda traveled to Washington, D.C., New York, Hague and Prague. “Model UN delegates research the foreign and domestic policies of their assigned countries, and then work together to develop solutions and write resolutions about geopolitical topics such as climate change, nuclear proliferation and public health. It is a hands-on learning experience where students learn about current events and make friends from all over the world.” The Model UN experience has prepared Amanda for her career goals. “I hope to work to increase transparency surrounding the lapse in enforcement of water pollution laws. I would like to work as a policy analyst for the United Nations Environmental Program specializing in the overall effectiveness, accessibility 
and receptiveness of regulatory agencies.”

Learn more at the International Studies site