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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Become a more informed citizen of the world.
We have one of the Southwest's largest and most advanced undergraduate degree programs that will provide you a deep understanding of world diversity.

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Why Earn an International Studies Degree?

In response to the increased interest in international issues, the University of North Texas offers a B.A. degree in International Studies. There are five concentration from which students can choose:
  • International Business Economics
  • International Development and Humanitarian Affairs
  • International Security and Diplomacy
  • Peace Studies
  • Regional Studies

This major is designed to prepare students for jobs in both the public and private sectors, where globalization is increasing dramatically. These jobs are concentrated in, but not limited to:

  • International Politics
  • International Law
  • International Security
  • International and Development Economics
  • International Business
  • International Organization
  • Human Rights
  • Global Environmental and Population Issues

Apart from emphasizing the development of one's future career, the International Studies program will also increase students' awareness and understanding of global issues such as:

  • Security/Peace topics
  • Issues concerning world population trends
  • International trade and business topics
  • Weapons of mass destruction proliferation
  • International Diplomacy
  • Terrorism/Political Violence
  • Development and underdevelopment

The program also aims at increasing students' appreciation of world history, cultures, politics, economics, geography, literature, and the arts. In addition to giving the students the needed educational background in the above areas, the major provides the students with the skills in foreign languages as well as analytical and scientific thinking.

Marketable Skills
  • Conflict management
  • Understanding of current and global issues
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies
  • Oral and written communication
  • Analysis/decision making

International Studies Degree Highlights

The major draws upon the undergraduate programs from the departments of Political Science, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing, the courses of the certificate in International Business and programs like Women's and Gender Studies.
Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the program's five areas of concentration will help students be competitive in the workplace and give them the opportunity to take advanced courses in different academic disciplines and prepare them for graduate degrees in several international studies fields.
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.
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.
We draw on the expertise of faculty members representing numerous academic disciplines to give you different perspectives on international subjects.

What Can You Do With an International Studies Degree?

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

  • American Red Cross
  • CIA
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Security Agency
  • United Nations
  • U.S. departments of commerce, defense or state
  • World Health Organization

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

International Studies Degree Courses You Could Take

Introduction to International Studies (3 hrs)
Introduces students to the five areas of concentration of the major—international security and diplomacy, international business and economics, international development and humanitarian affairs, regional studies, and peace studies.
Peoples and Cultures of Europe (3 hrs)
Investigation of the myriad peoples of Europe within the context of the impact of broader trends and institutional frameworks. Micro- and macro-level analyses are used to understand a wide range of issues of both historical and contemporary importance.
Latin American Philosophy (3 hrs)
A chronological study of Latin American philosophical thought from the sixteenth to the twentieth century focusing on themes related to national identity, history, and culture.
Eastern Religion and the Environment (3 hrs)
An examination of non-Western religious traditions for an environmental philosophy geared toward assessing global environmental issues with a focus on South Asian and East Asian philosophical and religious traditions.
Modern Africa (3 hrs)
African continent since 1800 emphasizing European colonization and colonial rule, African resistance; the rise of nationalism and liberation movements.
Global Development: Issues and Challenges (3 hrs)
Explores competing perspectives for development and various factors which explain why some countries are more developed than others. Survey of global challenges such as environmental, foreign aid, gender empowerment, international migrants, refugees and indigenous people, the role of culture and religion in development, and corruption and public sector reform.

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