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.
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.
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.