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International Studies

In the International Studies major, you’ll learn about the economic, political, cultural, even religious systems that drive our contemporary world. You’ll draw connections between social issues in the local community and in national and global settings. We’ll teach you 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. 

Interdisciplinary Program

Our International Studies curriculum features the faculty expertise and resources of multiple departments—English, History, Geography and Anthropology, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the Andre B. Lacy School of Business’ departments of Economics and International Management. Our students often pursue double, even triple majors and minors tied to their individual interests. 

Study Abroad

Assisted by Butler’s Center for Global Education, many International Studies majors earn credits while living and interning in other cities and countries. Other options for travel and study include Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts and the Washington, DC, Learning Semester.

Butler Distinctions

Classroom Conversations

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.  

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Indianapolis International Center, Planned Parenthood, and many other local organizations welcome International Studies majors as intern. Our students have also interned at The White House, State Department, Amnesty International, and numerous other sites though the Washington, DC, Learning Semester.

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Alumni Success

Our graduates work in a variety of professions, from human rights law and diplomatic service to intercultural communication, education, and public service. 


Community Partnerships

The Indiana Council on Foreign Relations and The Alliance Française of Indianapolis are just a few of the local organizations that International Studies partners with, giving our students access their lively educational, social, and cultural programming.