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International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to understand a global theme and a non-North American world area from multiple perspectives, to gain competence in a related foreign language, and to carry out in-depth research and writing. International Studies majors graduate with skills that enable them to live and work as global citizens throughout the world.

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As the world shrinks, opportunities grow for International Studies majors. With a degree in International Studies you can pursue anything from international policy making to philanthropic work to teaching English as a second language in another country. International Studies graduates go on to international careers with governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic agencies, and educational institutions. 

Career opportunities in International Studies

  • archaeologists
  • communications specialists
  • cultural anthropologists
  • cultural diversity trainers
  • development experts
  • diplomacy careers
  • editors/publicists
  • environmental specialists
  • foreign service officers
  • foreign study coordinators
  • foreign exchange specialists
  • geographers
  • hospitality industry specialist
  • human rights associates
  • import/export brokers
  • insurance specialists
  • intelligence specialists
  • international global activists
  • international law careers
  • international news writers/journalists
  • international sales representatives/managers
  • international security specialists
  • international trade specialists
  • international student advisors
  • marketing analysts
  • multiculturalism experts
  • museum & cultural arts personnel
  • natural resource management careers
  • philanthropic agency officer/manager
  • political analysts
  • program officers/managers for international non-profits and NGOs
  • public relations careers
  • research assistants
  • social studies and language teachers
  • teachers of English as a second language (ESL)
  • travel and tourism

Current Curriculum Information

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  • International Studies (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • INT 200 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDIES3

    An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of International Studies, including the main thematic emphases and approaches that characterize the field and the International Studies major at the University of Kentucky. Emphasis is placed on the relations between people and places across the globe. Students will be exposed to a variety of theories and methods that help in understanding the challenges that face people and nations in the global milieu. Furthermore, this course explores theoretical foundations for analyzing the ways in which the world's economies, politics, and societies change.The course will explore key global issues through different perspectives, using concepts drawn from the social sciences and the humanities. Case studies will be used selectively to allow students to develop skills in critical analysis of international phenomena and processes, and to strengthen the ability to bring an international perspective to bear on key issues.

  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • Pathways Course3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Area or Theme Course (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • Area Course (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Additional Foriegn Language Course3
  • Area Course (300+ level)3
  • Theme Course (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Additional Foriegn Language Course3
  • Area Course (300+ level)3
  • Theme Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Theme Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • INT 495 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MAJORS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    In this capstone seminar students have to write a 20-25 page research paper. Each seminar has a subtitle of a broad theme to allow students working in different world areas and thematic concentrations to work on their projects. The class works both as a seminar where students learn different theoretical and methodological approaches to a broad topic and as a space where they learn to write their own research paper. Students will be required to present their paper in a power point presentation or another type of creative project. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Area Course (300+ level)3
  • Theme Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours31

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