Why study International Studies?
The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program
designed to give students an awareness of the diversity, complexity
and interdependence of the world community, and to provide them
with the necessary background to understand and analyze the
political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of current world
problems and issues. The International Studies major offers
students the cultural competency necessary to be successful in an
increasingly complex and global job market. It prepares students
for careers in government, international organizations, journalism,
international consulting, business, education, community
development, and human rights work with non-government
organizations. It also provides a foundation for graduate work in
such disciplines and programs of study as law, international
studies, international relations, area studies, public policy and
Why study International Studies at Butler University?
The curriculum of the International Studies program at Butler is
flexible; it can be adapted to meet the student's individual
interests and career plan. The following outlines some of the key
characteristics and advantages of studying International Studies at
- A student-oriented program.
- A large number of full time faculty from various departments
and areas of studies, rendering the curriculum truly comprehensive
and global, and offering the students a great variety of
- A curriculum that prepares the students to be able to work and
be successful in an increasingly multicultural environment.
- A curriculum that prepares the students for interdisciplinary
- A well structured curriculum that gives the student the
fundamental knowledge in the field, while allowing students to
concentrate on regional foci and sub-fields of their interest.
- Washington, D.C. Internship: Students may intern in many
government agencies, in the congress, non-governmental
organizations, foreign embassies, international organizations such
as OAE, IMF, etc,, and Think Tankers.
- International internships, where students can learn hands-on
knowledge of many countries around the world.
- A comprehensive study abroad program with opportunities for
study in nearly every country around the world.
- Concrete experiences in Diplomacy by participating at the
Harvard National United Nations Model or McGill University United
Nations Model in Montreal (cost of travel and lodging to
participate is covered by the program).
- Participation at the Midwest European Union Model.
- Financial support for students conducting thesis research.
- Financial support for travel for students presenting papers at
- An active student-run International Studies Club.
- Students are informed early in their studies about career and
post-graduate opportunities suitable for international studies
Student Learning Objectives
The program provides students with the opportunities to develop
knowledge and understanding of a range of skills and abilities in
relation to the international system and process of globalization.
Students who complete this degree will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major dimensions of globalization
such as economic, political and cultural globalization.
- Describe the major functions of international organizations,
such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International
Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization.
- Draw connections between social issues in their local community
and the larger national and global context for such issues.
- Describe and assess the main aspects of international
relations, including the main aspects of U.S. foreign policy,
colonialism, and nationalism.
- Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate social scientific methods
to compile and interpret data in assigned research projects or
- Understand the complexity of the contemporary world and
demonstrate familiarity with the variety and relativity of cultures
within one major world region.