The international studies major provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs with an emphasis on foreign language proficiency. You will learn how to design policies and strategies to manage international challenges. 

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PROGRAMS TO STUDY AWAY IN WASHINGTON D.C.

12 

 LANGUAGES TO STUDY

24 

AVERAGE UPPER-LEVEL CLASS SIZE

20% 

OF OUR STUDENTS ARE CADETS

Total Credit Hours: 120

International Studies Courses (33 hours)

Core Degree Requirements (24 hours)

General Education (up to 45 hours)

Electives (36 hours)

 

 

What You'll Study

You will take 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education.

Our program includes courses such as: 

  • Global Development
  • International Communication
  • Nations and Nationalities
  • Global Security 
  • World Politics 
  • The Global Economy and World Politics

You will complete 12 hours of a single foreign language at the upper level. The opportunity to select courses in subjects such as Africana studies, economics, geography, history, religion and culture, and sociology is also available.

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What is a Degree in International Studies?

An International Studies degree draws from subjects like history, politics, religion, geography, economics, as well as foreign languages. This gives you a comprehensive understanding of diverse nations, cultures, and the challenges they face. You'll become proficient in at least one foreign language.

Why Learn International Studies Here?

We offer a broad training in the liberal arts, emphasizing the study of foreign languages. You will develop specialized skills to prepare for roles in government, business, defense, international development, and non-governmental organizations.

Beyond the Classroom

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.

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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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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 international security, citizenship, and human rights. If you'd like some guidance on an undergraduate research project, just ask!

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We work with many students in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and ROTC, as well as veterans and students waiting to begin a government training program. Our major provides training to prepare you for a career with the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, or various intelligence agencies of the U.S. government.

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The Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program is a partnership with Virginia Tech to conduct research related to foreign policy. You will have the opportunity to research topics such as climate change, democracy and human rights, global health, and energy security. This program allows you to explore real-world challenges and work alongside faculty members who are authorities in their fields. 

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Work closely with a faculty mentor to create and pursue your own project or join a professor's project.  The Diplomacy Lab program also offers several opportunities for students to pursue individual or collaborative research projects. 

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What Our Students Are Saying

Careers and Further Study

 

What do I do with a Major in International Studies?

The program offers a broad liberal arts education, meaning you'll gain critical thinking and writing skills that apply in any field. Our alumni include vice-presidents of major banks, managers in multinational corporations, foreign service officers, civil servants in the Pentagon and United States intelligence agencies, and Peace Corps volunteers. Graduates of this program have also been admitted to some of the most prestigious law and graduate schools in the country. Some common careers of our graduates include:

  • Military officer
  • Consultant 
  • Political organizer
  • Teacher/Professor 
  • Journalist
  • Attorney
  • Foreign aid administrator
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Federal agency official
  • Foreign service officer
  • International business analyst
  • Public policy analyst
  • Politician
  • Nonprofit employee
  • Foreign affairs specialist
  • Human rights officer

 

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