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International Studies (BA)

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Are you drawn to and fascinated by different cultures and international experiences? With International Studies, students learn about a blend of different areas of study such as history and modern foreign languages. SVSU strives to integrate multidisciplinary perspectives on topics such as globalization and human rights, in order to better position students for a wider range of job opportunities. With three different areas of concentration, a dedicated team of professors, smaller class sizes, and so much more, the International Studies program at SVSU prepares students with an understanding and knowledge of the world, helping them make a bigger impact on the world.

Cardinal Points

  • Students can customize a variety of courses and opportunities for study abroad experiences to suit their interests and career goals.

  • Students may take advantage of numerous international internship opportunities coordinated with a study abroaadvisor and career services. 

  • Majors enjoy the convenience of individualized advising for each student through the program coordinator. 

This major has three areas of concentration: Asian, European and Latin American studies. The curriculum contains six elements, including foreign language competency, foundation courses, extended core, research methods, area concentration and a capstoneStudents are required to gain foreign language competency while engaging in a core curriculum of courses that include history, geography, political science and sociology among other programs, and completing additional classes in one of the previously listed areas of concentration. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate study or work in any of a variety of areas in an increasingly interrelated, intercultural world.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Graduate Programs

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Career Opportunities

ESL Teacher
Study Abroad Advisor
Travel Agent
College Adviser
Case Manager
Talk Program Host
International Photographer/Videographer

  • Several careers are available to International Studies majors, including interpreters, management analysts, consultants, professors and more.
  • The International Studies program at SVSU prepares graduates for successful careers in a multitude of interdisciplinary fields across cultures and continentsin areas such as education, travel, media, social work, government and industry as well as continuing their education in graduate programs across the country.