The International Studies major offers students humane learning, practically applied.

We study culture, politics, government, and development, past and present. Countries, nations and states, peoples and individuals are our subjects, in themselves and as they interact. We think beyond the clash of black and white and explore alternative futures for Iraq and the KRG. We bring intellectual rigor to what cannot be brought into the pristine environment of the laboratory. Our majors learn how to think and act with respect to human things – in both the public and private sectors.

International Studies majors prepare for a wide range of careers: local and national government, administration, diplomacy, international business, non-governmental organizations, as well as teaching and journalism. They pursue graduate degrees all over the world in fields such as law, business, economics, political science, and history.  When they complete their degrees, they receive competitive job offers and do work that makes a difference.

Students begin with general introductory courses in International Studies, Economics and World Geography. Through elective courses, both practical and theoretical, students acquire more advanced knowledge of:

  • Political Science: Ways of organizing power locally and nationally understood through an examination of political behavior, culture, and systems;
  • History: The examination of continuity, change, and causation in past societies and the use of historical evidence to question, interpret and build arguments about the past;
  • Political Philosophy: Persistent questions — Who should rule? What is the value of justice?— and traditional strong answers;
  • Area Studies: The religion, culture, philosophy, and literature of particular areas of the world.

Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in these classes in a research project in the International Studies Capstone in their senior year.