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International Studies (BA)


Are you drawn to and fascinated by different cultures and international experiences? Do you strive for a global-based perspective on issues that transcend multiple countries? Then consider the exciting field of International Studies. A blend of different areas of study such as history and Modern Foreign Languages, the International Studies program at SVSU integrates multidisciplinary perspectives on topics such as globalization and human rights, positioning you for a wide range of job opportunities. With three different areas of concentration, a dedicated team of professors, smaller class sizes, and so much more, the International Studies program at SVSU prepares you with an understanding and knowledge of the world, helping you make your impact on the world.

Cardinal Points

  • Customize a variety of courses and opportunities for study abroad experiences to suit your interests and career goals.

  • Take advantage of numerous international internship opportunities coordinated with a study abroaadvisor and career services. 

  • Enjoy the convenience of individualized advising for each student through the program coordinator. 

  • Study and work with approachable and available faculty and study abroad advisors. 

This major has three areas of concentration: Asian, European, and Latin American studies. The curriculum contains six elementsforeign language competency, foundation courses, extended core, research methods, area concentration and capstoneStudents are required to gain foreign language competency while engaging in a core curriculum of courses that include History, Geography, Political Science and Sociology among other programs, and completing additional classes in one of the previously listed areas of concentration. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate study or work in any of a variety of areas in an increasingly interrelated, intercultural world.

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Beyond The Books

Our Students After Graduation...


Dow Chemical
Youth for Understanding USA
University of Central Florida

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Ferris State University
Florida State University

Career Opportunities

ESL teacher
Study abroad advising Travel agent international
College adviser
Case manager
Talk program host
International photographer/ videographer

  • The average growth for occupations that people with International Studies degrees work in is 7% (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
  • The yearly median pay for people with degrees in International Studies is $56,000 (
  • The International Studies program at SVSU prepares graduates for successful careers in a multitude of interdisciplinary fields across cultures and continentsin areas such as education, travel, media, social work, government and industry as well as continuing their education in graduate programs across the country. 

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.