The IS Major Requirements & Learning Objectives
Welcome to the International Studies Major!
The International Studies major was launched in August 2007, to meet a growing demand for analysis of and solutions to contemporary issues of global scope. Student response was instantaneous. At the end of its first academic year, International Studies had more than 100 majors and currently has over 300 majors, making it one of the most popular majors on campus.
Although housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the International Studies major is interdisciplinary and inter-collegiate in form. The curriculum comprises course offerings and faculty from multiple UK colleges, programs, and departments, such as the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communications, and Engineering. The International Studies capstone course is taught by humanities and social science faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences.
The International Studies major develops an academic foundation for careers in business, government, international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic agencies, or arts institutions. Students are also prepared to continue their education in graduate or professional programs oriented toward international topics (including programs in the humanities, social sciences, policy, and arts; as well as law, business, and communications). In short, International Studies majors are prepared to join a wide variety of careers and fields of study.
The major is designed to combine exposure to a breadth of disciplinary perspectives on a global theme, with in-depth and multidisciplinary understanding of a world region. Majors further strengthen their comprehension of a world region through complementary foreign language training, and an expectation to either study or intern abroad in their world area, or engage in a related U.S. based international internship or experiential education opportunity. A rigorous capstone research experience, conducted in INT 495 during the senior year, integrates the major’s thematic, area, linguistic and experiential knowledge. Working within the context of the International Studies major, students can tailor their coursework to fit their personal goals and career objectives.
We invite you to explore this website, learn about this interdisciplinary major, identify possible thematic, world area and linguistic interests, and retrieve information about extracurricular resources and opportunities. If you have additional questions about the International Studies program and our major, please contact the Director: Dr. Sue Roberts.