Our program emphasizes the role of international organizations in global economy and development. You will think critically about governance and political economy, environment and development, and international public health. 

20% of our students are cadets
12 Languages to Study
2 programs to study away in Washington D.C.
24 Average upper-level class size
What Is a Degree in International Public Policy?

The major emphasizes the role of international organizations in global economy and development. You will think critically about the globalization’s impact on world economy, sustainable development, and the fight against global poverty. We relate theory to practice and provide you with knowledge and training in the various areas of sustainable international development, governance and political economy, environment and development, and international public health.

Why Study International Public Policy Here?

Study at one of only a few universities offering the major with renowned faculty who specialize in international public policy. We offer a broad training in the liberal arts, emphasizing the study of foreign languages. Opportunities to pursue undergraduate research, conduct field studies, and study abroad are available. Many of our students also participate in the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab Program and Wonk Tank competition.

Beyond the Classroom

Strong Community

Get Involved

Participate in our active student organizations including (Inter)National and Regional Model UN, International Model NATO, International Model Organization of American States (MOAS), National and Regional Model Arab League, and National Model African Union.

Internships

Get Experience

Internships and cooperative education programs give you an opportunity to receive academic credit for working in a professional setting. Our students complete internships with the U.S. government, international organizations, and national, state, or local administrative agencies. Talk to an advisor who can help you find and secure a meaningful internship opportunity.

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Study Abroad

Travel and Learn

Although studying abroad isn't required, it can often be a pivotal experience for you. Living in a different country is the best way to understand the differences and similarities between cultures. It allows you to develop a personal expertise in a specific national or regional context while developing your language skills. 

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Outstanding Faculty

Expert Faculty
Mentors

Our faculty members are productive authors, scholars, and award-winning teachers who are always eager to mentor students on research projects in their field of interest. We have experts on Japan, the European Union, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom, and other nations, as well as specialists in topics like health politics and policies, global economy and development, health security pandemics, and environmental policy. If you'd like some guidance on an undergraduate research project, just ask.

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What Our Students Are Saying

"... in almost every class I get to discuss and learn about real world experiences, specifically current events. It feels like what I'm learning in class is actually part of the outside world and not just in the bubble of academia."

- Anusha Ghosal '16

"Submerse yourself in another culture and study abroad every chance you get. That is when you'll truly gain a deeper understanding of the diverse and complex world we live in."

- Grace Spencer '18

Careers and Further Study