Global and International Studies

About the global and international studies major

The global and international studies major helps you understand the international system and prepares you for a career in an increasingly globalized world. You'll learn another language; specialize in a given region of the world; study abroad; and focus on cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of the international system.

The most innovative feature of the major is that you can tailor a combination of regional and thematic concentrations to meet your own academic interests and career goals. International studies will bring awareness of the major global forces at work in our twenty-first century world. 

Studies and abilities this major develops: cultural competency, foreign language, public speaking, research, and writing (IU Department of International Studies, 2018).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Language courses
  • Human geography
  • Introduction to international relations
  • Introduction to international studies
  • Perspectives on the world
  • 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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