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Degree options available through 2020.

Students majoring in international studies choose one of the following degree options to complete the bachelor of arts degree. All international studies degrees include 12 hours of advanced classes in a single foreign language.

Environmental Affairs

This option prepares students for work in business or public agencies that deal with the environmental that problems that threaten resources and challenge our global society.


The business option prepares students for a career in international commerce. This option includes courses in accounting, finance, management, and marketing taught in the Pamplin College of Business.

World Politics and Policy

The world politics and policy option is designed for students interested in journalism, teaching, government service, or the law. It includes additional history and political science courses beyond those required in the common core.

Global Development

The global development option is designed for students interested in working in the developing world. It includes courses in natural resources and food production in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Security and Foreign Policy

The degree option in security and foreign policy prepares students for careers with the United States Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and various intelligence agencies in the U.S. government as well as roles in private contractors in the fields of defense and security.