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International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together the strengths of faculty from across the university to examine the major issues of the contemporary world, combined with language skills and a study abroad experience.

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

The world’s biggest challenges are intercon­nected and the International Studies Program helps students remain rooted in the community while becoming agents of change in the world.

A unique interdisciplinary program, International Studies has four distinct com­ponents: a core curriculum based on the cultural, political and economic aspects of glo­balization; proficiency in a second language; a concentration in one of five areas (China, Europe, Latin America, Global Culture, and Development) and the equivalent of a semester study abroad.

These elements come together in a flexible combination of classroom instruction and direct experience with the regions and issues of interest and make Humboldt stand out as one of the few universities in the CSU system that requires both a language and study abroad as part of this degree.

Employers also regularly report language skills, intercultural awareness, and study abroad as strong indicators of success in the workplace. This is why our graduates can be found in the international labor force in the U.S. and abroad, working in the private sector and for nonprofits, and commonly go on to serve in the Peace Corps. This program also provides a strong foundation for graduate work in the international field.

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International Studies Minor

A minor in International Studies supports Humboldt’s mission of encouraging global citizenship by applying a scholarly framework to the processes of globalization in an increasingly interconnected world and the opportunity to examine the process of globalization using an interdisciplinary perspective. For some students, the major’s requirement to study abroad and proficiency in a second language presents a challenge, thus the minor adds an international dimension as well as a professional component to any program of study. 

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Kira Weiss, 2018

Graduate Student, UC Santa Barbara

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Career Options

International Studies is a transformational educational experience. 

A degree in International Studies will offer you many career options at home and abroad. Our unique Career workshop will prepare you to pursue any careers in the United States or abroad; including diplomacy and foreign relations, journalism, teaching, international development or business, and humanitarian or nongovernmental organizations.

Here are a few examples of possible career fields.

Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat
Peace Corps Employee
Community Organizer 
Translator for Health/Social Services 
English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Non-governmental Organization Administrator/Director
International Relations Officer
lntercultural Communications Specialist 

Economic Development Analyst 

International Studies Research Guide

In this guide you will find links to global media with current headlines and newspaper search engines so you can find local, regional or foreign press to keep up on international issues (or practice your language skills). The other pages in this guide are primarily designed to help you find your way around the library, especially the resources most relevant to your International Studies degree.

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