International Studies

Three degree tracks

You can choose to pursue either a BA in International Law and Institutions or BA or BS in International Studies. All degrees cover a broad range of social, political, cultural, and economic global issues and include overseas study.

BA, International Law and Institutions

Students pursuing the BA in International Law and Institutions study a variety of topics, including the efforts to regulate the conduct of war, develop human rights doctrines, respond to migration, define and protect the global commons, and regulate international investments, trade, and development.An in-depth understanding of international law and institutions will help students appreciate the dynamic nature of international relationships, which are adjusting as notions of state sovereignty evolve and as non-state actors play significant roles.

Students will develop practical and intellectual skills to prepare them for careers in international fields. In particular, they will sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills in relation to the study of international law; they will also develop the cultural and regional expertise that is the hallmark of graduates from the Department of International Studies.

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BA and BS, International Studies


Among the concentrations for both the BA and BS are: 

  • Diplomacy, Security, Governance
  • Global Development
  • Global Health and Environment
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Culture and Politics

You will also select a regional focus in order to take a deep dive into one area of the world. A region may be defined geographically, linguistically, religiously, or ethnically. Examples include Western Europe, Spanish-speaking countries, the Muslim world, and the African diaspora.

How do the International Studies BA and BS differ?

The International Studies BS includes economics courses and a statistics course, and is built for students with an aptitude for (and interest in) quantitative reasoning.