International Studies

Your Future in International Studies

Are you interested in international events? Do you want to work in a foreign country? Are you fluent in a foreign language? If so, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at the University of North Texas may be for you.

By studying International Studies, you could work for an international business or the:

  • American Red Cross
  • CIA
  • National Security Agency
  • United Nations
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. state department

During the last 20 years, companies and government agencies have increased their search for employees who understand international issues to meet the challenges of working with many countries.

What we offer

We have one of the largest and most advanced undergraduate degree programs in the Southwest. Our degree program provides you a deep understanding of world diversity and can be taken as a major or minor. We offer concentrations in:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • International business and economics
  • International development and humanitarian affairs
  • International security and diplomacy
  • Peace studies
  • Regional studies

An academic certificate in Global Perspectives is also available. The certificate will help you develop the cross-cultural communication skills needed to enter a professional program or the global workforce.

We draw on the expertise of faculty members representing numerous academic disciplines. This gives you different perspectives on international subjects. Courses that fulfill degree requirements are available in:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied economics
  • Business administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Economics
  • Emergency management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Sociology

The Study Abroad office provides opportunities to study in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa or Latin America for a semester or an academic year.

Student organizations such as the Model International Organization and the Sigma Iota Rho honor society sponsor lectures, discussions and events that focus on international subjects.

What to expect

The International Studies major consists of 39 semester hours, including 27 semester hours in a specific area. You will also need to complete 6 semester hours of upper-level foreign language classes in addition to the foreign language requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum.

Pursuing a minor in International Studies requires 18 semester hours.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at