International Studies, BA

Central to Inspiring Global Understanding.

Central’s BA in International Studies builds students’ expertise in particular world regions and/or about diverse international issues including globalization; global population, migration, and health; international conflict, terrorism, governance, and law; imperialism, decolonization, and development; and the role of gender, race, and class in international contexts.

Students prepare for a range of careers possibilities in government service, foundation and non-governmental organizations, and in a wide range of institutions offering services transnationally or working in global environments.

Program Features

  • Classes on-campus and in hybrid format
  • Designated Center for Excellence in International Education
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Small class sizes
  • Study abroad programs
  • Internship opportunities
  • Dedicated scholarship programs
  • Financial aid available
  • Free on-campus child care available

Program Options

(African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies) provides an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of those regions, their environments, and their historical, social, political, cultural, and economic characteristics.

Enables students to focus on subjects of global importance: Communication and Diversity in the Global Context; Energy, Resources, and Environment; Population, Mobility, and Development; Governance, Security, and Human Rights.

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Brian Sommers
Professor, Department Chair
Geography, Anthropology, & Tourism
International Studies
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall

Academic Department

Did You Know?

Central’s George R. Muirhead Center for International Education was established in 1987. The Center contributes to the University’s vision to be “global in perspective and outreach” by developing and supporting internationally-focused programs and providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage with partner institutions and international communities around the globe. Working with academic departments and programs, and with the faculty of the Internationalization Laboratory, the Center promotes the graduation of globally competent students.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe histories, institutions, values, and norms of various cultures
  2. Analyze issues from the perspectives of other cultural traditions
  3. Apply theories in international studies to interpret current global issues
  4. Defend views on international cultures or issues with clear and well-reasoned arguments