International Studies

The international studies degree program at Webster puts the world at your fingertips. As an international studies major, you can personalize your degree with a regional and a thematic concentration, learn a foreign language, and explore another part of the globe through study abroad — all within a four-year undergraduate program.

International studies draws from classes across the University — from art history to economics to English — to give you a well-rounded understanding of contemporary global issues. You'll receive language instruction from the expert faculty in the Department of International Languages and Cultures, many of them native speakers who infuse culture studies into their language instruction. Webster's network of global campuses spans three continents, giving you the opportunity to learn about your area of regional concentration from first-hand experience in locations such as Geneva, Switzerland and Bangkok, Thailand.

You'll graduate with a global framework for exploring and understanding the world and its key issues, preparing you for a wide range of careers and a life as a responsible global citizen.


Points of Distinction

  • Students personalize their degree with regional and thematic areas of concentration to suit their specific interests.
  • Classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors every step of the way.
  • Webster offers instruction from native speakers in over half a dozen different languages.
  • The Department of International Languages and Cultures is an active and close-knit community of students and professors who meet regularly for language tables, international food events, film viewings, etc.
  • Specialized and general global knowledge, second language skills, and significant international experience make international studies graduates extremely competitive in the job market.

Core Courses

  • ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 hours)
  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 World Systems (3 hours)
  • ECON 2030 Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • RELG 1060 World Religions (3 hours)
  • ISTL 4500 Senior Capstone (3 hours)

Regional concentration courses (9 credit hours, 6 hours above 3000 level)
Thematic concentration courses (12 credit hours, 9 hours above 3000 level)

Degree Concentrations

International studies students personalize their degree by choosing both a regional concentration and a thematic concentration.

Regional Concentrations

  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Europe

Thematic Concentrations

  • Media, Literature, and the Arts
  • International Development, Conflict, and Politics
  • Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics

Language Recognition Credit

Language Recognition Credit is designed for incoming students who already have proficiency in a second language. Students who enroll in their first 3-credit language course (other than 1070/1080 and 1090) at Webster, and complete the course with a grade of "B" or better, will be awarded recognition credit. You can earn up to 12 recognition credit hours.

Dual Major Opportunity

Students can apply up to 12 credit hours of their coursework to both the international studies major and a second major, making it easy to earn a BA in international studies alongside a complementary degree like a BA in a foreign language or a BA in journalism. (Please note that this option does not apply to a dual major in international studies and international relations, international human rights, international business, or to other similarly related areas.)

International Studies Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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