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International Studies, Bachelor of Arts

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program built around a core of courses (including foreign language study) illustrating the interdependency created by globalization. Within the program, students choose a thematic and regional focus that allows them to hone their expertise in areas best suited to their career interests and to develop linguistic skills.  

Students graduating with a degree in International Studies display an understanding of the powerful forces that define global issues from a variety of perspectives in society, including business, communications, culture, society and health issues, politics, and science. Demonstrating the skills needed to function in the global environment and interpret world events, they also exhibit an appreciation for and sensitivity to diverse cultures and values.

The INTS major includes 12 hours of required core courses and 24 hours of electives chosen from three thematic and three area studies options. These electives permit students to design a course of study around their own thematic and linguistic interests and career plans.  

Career Opportunities with this Degree

  • Foreign Service
  • United States Information Agency
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • United Nations
  • Domestic Businesses
  • State Department
  • European Union
  • Amnesty International
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Graduate Schools
Cassandra Schachenmeyer
"The international studies program challenged me to dig deeper into undiscovered questions about cultures, which affects all aspects of life including businesses, careers, daily living, and relationships with others. I was able to gain more knowledge of culture’s effects on humanity by studying abroad to South Korea on two different accounts, which allowed my perspective of humanity to go beyond the limits of what was offered to me outside of the international studies program. I brought the perspectives and ideas back to Nebraska and implemented them at UNK (the English Lounge) with much success. No other program at UNK would have challenged me so intensely to go beyond what I am comfortable with, what is expected of society, or what I could discover by researching in more than one country."

Cassandra Schachenmeyer

International Studies