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International Studies

International Studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to study politics, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, and communication as parts of a complex and evolving global system. All majors will have a broad, comprehensive education in the liberal arts with a focus on global issues, but our three concentration options allow students to more closely tailor their education with their interests. The International Studies program not only develops the necessary skills for success in a competitive and globalized job market, but also encourages students to become active global citizens who are interested in and capable of making social change a reality. Graduates from the International Studies program will be viewed by potential employers as knowledgeable about a broad range of international topics, but also as socially-minded, problem-solving critical thinkers.


Students should consult their advisor or the program coordinator (Philip Hultquist – before registration each semester to assure that requirements are met and that the electives constitute a coherent program that is tailored to the student’s interests.

Students who wish to pursue specialized topics may do so by independent study; however, no independent study may be undertaken until the core sequence has been completed. Each independent study course must have the approval of the program coordinator. Only one independent study course may be taken for credit in the major.

Students are strongly encouraged to undertake study abroad. Roosevelt’s Office of International Programs will assist students in selecting and applying for study abroad programs. The program coordinator will assist in selecting courses once the student has been admitted to a program. Study abroad courses and programs vary, so students should consult the program coordinator to see how study abroad courses fit in the International Studies curriculum.

Students are also strongly encouraged to supplement their International Studies education by learning a foreign language, though there is no formal requirement to do so.

Students may also deepen their learning and gain valuable work experience through internships with an agency or organization that deals with international issues and populations. Stipulations for internships are the same as for independent study.


Students who major in International Studies must complete 12 courses (36 credit hours) in the program, each with a grade of C or higher. This includes a set of five core courses and seven electives.

Students must complete 15 credits at the 300-level in the major. Electives must be drawn from more than one discipline. The list of courses appears with information on the major, below.

At least five courses in international studies must be taken at Roosevelt University.

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