The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies nurtures world-changing ideas and cultivates the expertise to put them into action. Develop a strong foundation in international business and politics through majors focused on cultures, languages, and policies, and apply your learning in hands-on internships and study abroad programs. You can also combine HLS programs with any other Indiana University major, blazing new trails to create global impact.
The world awaits you
Finding the right major
Bachelor’s programs in international affairs, international law, and others equip you with expert knowledge in world regions to prepare you for a wide variety of careers in areas like foreign policy, international law, or consulting for the US government or the private sector. You will also gain competency in international business through language acquisition and cultural expertise.
Customize Your Degree
Diversify your opportunities by pairing your bachelor’s degree with a second major, minor, or certificate program.
Interested in global public health? Combine International Studies with Biology. Curious about refugee policy and immigration law? Study International Law and Institutions and Arabic. By combining any IU major with your HLS program, you can focus your learning experience on the areas of international policy that most interest you.
Build on your international affairs interests and expand to new spheres with one (or more!) of HLS’s minors: African Studies, Central Eurasian Studies, EALC, East Asian Studies, European Studies, International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, MELC, Russian & East European Studies, or Southeast Asian & ASEAN Studies.
Obtain comparative and interdisciplinary training in specialized subjects through our career-focused certificate programs: African Studies, EALC, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Islamic Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Peace Corps Prep.
Combined BA/MA Programs
Pursue your passions
During her undergraduate career, Marria Peduto, BA ’23 International Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Sustainable Food & Marine Systems, has developed professional proficiency in Chinese and Indonesian, founded a food project, developed a language app, conducted her own zooarchaeology research, served as a global consultant, and visited seven of the world’s continents. She recently received a Fulbright grant for a sustainability project in Indonesia.
BA ’23 International Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Sustainable Food & Marine Systems
Make the world your classroom
Encountering cultures goes beyond the classroom at HLS. We are unique among international affairs programs, offering more than 80 languages—the most of any university in the United States—and more than 300 study abroad programs. You’ll put your learning into action for a summer, a semester, or a year in global contexts from Azerbaijan to Zurich.
By studying in one of more than 52 countries connected to IU, you’ll make connections and build your global readiness for a career that can take you anywhere. Perhaps this is why LinkedIn named Bloomington one of the top cities for launching an international career.
Join the Hamilton Lugar School community
Invest in your future with an international relations degree from the Hamilton Lugar School. We offer two paths to becoming a student: direct admission and standard admission. The first step for either path is applying to attend Indiana University and selecting a Hamilton Lugar School major.
If you can, apply to IU beginning August 1 (the fall of your senior year of high school). Note: your complete IU admission application—and all application materials—must be submitted by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.
Do you want the Hamilton Lugar School to be your academic home? Direct admission allows you to join the HLS community as soon as you arrive on campus. This means you'll be able to meet with our advisors and have priority consideration for the Hamilton Lugar School Living-Learning Community! We offer direct admission to incoming fall students based on the following criteria:
- High school academic performance (e.g., grades, breadth and depth of coursework, intellectual curiosity)
- Test scores (for those who choose to have their test scores considered)
- Community service, leadership, work and life experiences
- Interest in global learning and engagement, world cultures, or foreign language(s)
All Direct Admits are considered for school-based funding.
Not ready to declare a major on your application? That's okay! You can gain admission to the Hamilton Lugar School after satisfying the following requirements:
- 26 credit hours of coursework that can count toward an HLS degree
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in College of Arts & Sciences courses
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in your intended major
- Satisfy the CASE English Composition requirements
Most students complete the requirements by the end of their first year.
Note: Students are eligible for direct admission if they are admitted to IU Bloomington AND have selected a Hamilton Lugar School major on their application.