International Studies is an interdisciplinary major offering courses from the fields of business, foreign languages, government, history, sociology, and deaf studies.
As an International Studies (IS) major you'll gain a greater appreciation for the commerce of the world as a whole and then concentrate on a specific region of the globe, studying in detail its unique history, economy, language, and political structure. You'll integrate the classroom theories with practice during a summer or semester internship abroad, and then complete the major with a senior seminar.
The IS major will help you become knowledgeable of other cultures, languages, and governments. You will understand and interact with people who are culturally diverse and develop an appreciation of others and their lifestyle all the while strengthening your leadership, communication, research and analytical skills.
Expand Your Skills
Work part-time or summer jobs in related areas
Complete more than one international internship
Join student organizations and take on leadership roles in committees or as an officer in an organization
Participate in international clubs on campus and meet students from other countries
Attend cultural workshops on and off campus. Washington D.C. is an international city full of cultural celebrations
Sharpen your public speaking skills and communication skills between cultures
Learn about NAFTA, WTO, and GATT policies
Learn to see all sides of a problem, including economic, social, political, and environmental
Learn to work well on a team
Develop good working knowledge of international humanitarian law