International Studies - BA

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

The international studies program addresses the global problems of security, development, ethnic conflict, and human rights, as well as problems relating to the environment and natural resources.

With its theoretical models and real-world applications, international studies is an exciting and highly relevant interdisciplinary major. The department is home to diverse faculty members who all have a wide range of international experiences and who are highly committed to both teaching and research.

What You Will Learn

Courses in international studies cultivate the development of language and intercultural skills, help students develop an understanding of global problems and circumstances, and expands each student’s capacity to make informed judgments regarding complex international and global issues.

Student have the opportunity to enhance their international education by participating in an international experience or an internship relevant to international studies.

To receive this degree, students must gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Students must choose to focus in one of the following areas:

  • World Economy and Development: Students study the development of cities and societies as well as the economics, marketing, managing, trading, and culture of businesses throughout the world.
  • Peace and Security: This area helps students understand the history, government, politics, foreign policies, and security policies of powerful countries. Students understand these and other issues that pertain to international security and keeping peace.
  • Global Environment and Natural Resources: Students learn the importance that natural resources have on our global environment, development, economics, ethics, history, and culture.
  • Peoples and Nations: With this track, students study the anthropology of religion, race, medicine, and gender. Students also study the history, politics, and culture of individual countries, as well as their human, populational, and regional geography.


BA: Logan (Main Campus)

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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in international studies, students can pursue the following careers:

  • International relations specialist
  • Humanitarian relief worker
  • Training and development (training employees from companies who are going to be working abroad)
  • Public affairs coordinator
  • Foreign services official
  • Diplomat

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the international studies program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

Each student must complete a senior research project. This project must fit within the focus area chosen by the student.

In addition to the senior research project, students must also complete an international experience component. The student may choose a traditional study abroad experience in an accredited program or choose an internship. The internship must have a clear international focus and be supervised by a faculty member.

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