International Studies

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
Career Options
  • Cross Cultural Trainer
  • Disaster Relief Worker
  • Historian
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International Student Support Specialist
  • Legal Assistant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Researcher
  • Teach for America Specialist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • WorldTeach volunteer
Professional Organizations
  • National Association of International Educators
  • American Foreign Service Association
  • US Department of State
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