A major decision

At HLS, every course you take will spark major insights.

But you’ll need to select a major as you work toward either of the two HLS undergraduate degrees or our combined B.A./M.A. degree.

  • If you decide to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, you can choose from five majors
  • A Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the International Studies major
  • You can also earn a bachelor's degree from one of the top-tier programs in HLS and then jumpstart your career with the momentum from the top-ranking Kelley School of Business.  For more information, visit:

And the choices don’t end there, because you can combine your major with a wide range of minors and certificates

There is a lot to choose from. But our faculty and advisors will help you identify the major that will ensure you're globally ready from the day you graduate.

Our majors

International Studies

Earn a B.A. or a B.S. as you explore social, political, cultural, and economic global issues. Learn more

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Explore the history, languages, and cultures of China, Japan, and the Koreas. Learn more

Central Eurasian Studies

Study a Central Eurasian language and deepen your understanding of one of eight geographic regions. Learn more

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Study one or more Near Eastern languages while focusing on a specific geographic region. Learn more

I’d never before thought about looking at climate change from any angle other than the scientific one.

Moira Corcoran, Class of 2019, B.S., International Studies

Global horizons

Get the lay of the land and expand your horizons by exploring our majors. And remember: our HLS advisors are here to guide you. And the experts at the Walter Center for Career Achievement at the College of Arts and Sciences can help you consider the professional possibilities your major will open up.

Ready to meet your advisor?