International Studies

An interdisciplinary program of your own design.

Butler is one of the few Midwestern schools to offer an International Studies major, examining global relationships through both social science and the humanities.

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Explore the systems that drive our contemporary world.

With an International Studies degree, students learn about the economic, political, cultural, even religious systems that drive our world and draw connections between social issues in the local community and in national and global settings. Our faculty educate on the appropriate social scientific methods to compile and interpret data about challenging issues, and how to present your findings in research projects, papers or conferences.

With this broad range of knowledge and skills, our graduates find professional success in government, international organizations, journalism, international consulting, international business, education, community development, and human rights work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The degree, also available as a three-year program, can also be your foundation for graduate studies in law; international relations; social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology; public policy and public administration; and more.

“The international studies program equipped me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate school and beyond. The International Studies Program also provided a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a semester in Washington, DC, at the American Federation of Teachers.” —Taylore Fox ’16

Taylore Fox

International Exposure in Model Programs

Our students may apply to attend annual Model United Nations, Model Arab League and the Model European Union gatherings, where they and teams from other universities discuss the greatest challenges facing the world today.