International studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare you for the changing world of business, economics, agriculture, science, technology, diplomacy and communication. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies combines a solid foundation in a foreign language with a regional specialization, overseas experience and an issue emphasis chosen by you. You'll graduate positioned for success in business or graduate school, or in a career in the ever-changing world of nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies and international organizations.
You can concentrate your study in one of three areas:
- International Relations
- Global Resources and Development
- International Economics and Business
Students enrolled in other University of Idaho programs may wish to add international studies as a second major or a minor to increase their international expertise and their marketability in a future career.
As an international studies major, you will spend at least 12 weeks abroad. We’ll help you find challenging opportunities in which to study, volunteer or intern that complement your academic programs. The program also requires six semesters of foreign language study. You also will combine language skills with course work about a region in which the language you study is spoken. Current majors are studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Your course work culminates with one of the most challenging and rewarding classes at Idaho – the international studies capstone course. You’ll bring all your training and experiences together to propose solutions to real-world problems. Many students say this course defined their career path and goals.
What makes this program distinct from all the others?
International Speakers Series: All students get to hear these guest speakers on campus, but only international studies majors meet with them in small groups for coffee or over dinner.
Spotlight Seminars: The Spotlight Seminar is designed to bring experts at local universities to the Martin Institute, where they present research on important global issues to small groups of international studies majors. Designed to last two hours, a Spotlight Seminar includes an interactive research presentation, refreshments and a lively question-and-answer session.
Martin Scholars: Selected students work as paid interns with faculty members to research major international issues.
Visit the UN: You may participate in a weeklong trip to New York City and the United Nations to meet with UN ambassadors, Idaho alumni, representatives from nongovernmental organizations and other students from around the world.
Learn from Leaders: The Martin Institute Mentor program links current students with international studies alumni. It’s a Vandal connection that shares real-world knowledge, and gives you a competitive edge.