The International Studies program is interdisciplinary, with a curriculum that focuses on historical and contemporary dimensions of complex global issues. You will develop skills in research and analysis, cultivate a critical awareness of the relationships of power and inequality, understanding social and cultural complexity, and how to question conventional wisdom.

Develop your critical reading, writing, research, and problem-solving skills and become able to identify problems and develop solutions to local, regional and international challenges.

In addition to a variety of combined degree programs, we offer a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program in International Studies, which allows you to complete a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in International Studies in as few as five years.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD Program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.

You’re also encouraged to develop proficiency in a second language through two years of intensive language study, as well as participate in a study abroad program where your second language is spoken.


Sample Courses:

  • Evolution of the Modern Nation State
  • International Conflict Cooperation
  • International Movements in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Cultural Analysis
  • International Political Economy
  • Identities and Boundaries
  • Principles of Micro/Macroeconomics
  • Geopolitics


  • Minor offered
  • Combined bachelor’s + master’s degree offered

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

  • Geo 201 Geopolitics
  • Or Hon 201 States, Markets, And Societies (Counts For Social, Cultural, And Behavioral Inquiry)
  • Eco 106 Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • Int 100 Introduction To International Studies
  • Int 200 Introduction To Macroeconomics In An International Context
  • Int 201 The Evolution Of The Modern Nation State
  • Int 202 International Conflict And Cooperation
  • Int 203 International Movements In The 20th And 21st Centuries
  • Int 204 Cultural Analysis
  • Int 205 International Political Economy
  • Int 206 Identities And Boundaries
  • Int 301 Senior Seminar (Counts For The LSP Capstone)
  • Five courses in an individualized concentration
  • Second language proficiency

Individualized Concentration (5 courses)

All international studies majors are required to complete a twenty-credit individualized concentration designed in consultation with their faculty advisors. This concentration provides students with a depth of knowledge on a particular theme, approach, region, and/or question of some international importance. The concentration is restricted to 300-level INT courses (including cross-listed courses), with the following exceptions:

  • Study Abroad: Up to eight credits (two courses) from Study Abroad may be counted toward the concentration if approved in advance by the student's faculty advisor.
  • Double Majors/Minors: Up to eight credits (two courses) in a double major or minor can be applied to the concentration if approved in advance by the student's faculty advisor.

Second Language Proficiency

Proficiency in a language other than English is required and can be demonstrated through passing grades in college coursework through the intermediate (second-year) level, up to and including 106. Students who enter the program with second language skills developed outside of formal college coursework may petition the director to demonstrate proficiency by examination in order to satisfy the language requirement. The assessment and proficiency tests can be taken on Campus Connect.

Open Electives

Open elective credit is also required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. International Studies majors have 60 open elective credit hours. Courses taken to meet the second language proficiency requirement count as electives.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select Academics, followed by Undergraduate, then Honors Program Alternative.

First Year Program

Chicago Quarter

  • LSP 110 Discover Chicago
  • Or LSP 111 Explore Chicago

Focal Point

  • LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar


  • WRD 103 Composition And Rhetoric I *
  • WRD 104 Composition And Rhetoric II *

Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy

  • LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy I
  • LSP 121 Quantitative Reasoning And Technological Literacy Ii (Note: See information below)

Sophomore Year

Multiculturalism in the US

  • LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism In The United States

Junior Year

Experiential Learning

  • Required

Senior Year


  • Int 301 Senior Seminar * [See Note Below]

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 Courses Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 3 Courses Required [1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

2 Courses Required:

  • Eco 106 Principles Of Macroeconomics
  • Geo 201 Geopolitics

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses Required

Understanding the Past (UP)

  • 1 Course Required

(Note: This course must focus on a geographic area outside of the student's area of specialization)

* Students must earn a C- or better in this course.


See an advisor to utilize the modern language option.

Specified required courses within Liberal Studies may have grade minimums (e.g. C- or better). Please consult your advisor or your college and major requirements.

A student majoring in International Studies (INT) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the INT Department. This is the case even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a dual degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. An INT major in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone and the INT Capstone.

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or as the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy

Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.

College Core Requirements

Study in the Major Field

The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.

The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.

Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration. Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.

Declaration of Major, Minor, and Concentration

All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.

Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.

The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)

All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:

  • placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
  • completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
  • completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
  • completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school*
  • completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
  • completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)

* Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure the continuation of language study at the proper level.

Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by this MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.

Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (MLO) of the Liberal Studies Program (see "Special Programs").

External Credit and Residency

A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.

International Studies (Minor)

For students who do not wish to or are unable to pursue a major in International Studies, the minor offers the opportunity to gain a basic grounding in a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to international affairs. Students who pursue this minor will benefit from an introduction to theories of nationalism, international relations, social movements, cultural studies, international political economy, and critical geography.​

The minor can complement traditional disciplines, as well as other interdisciplinary programs, by providing students with the theoretical tools necessary to critically analyze pressing global issues. Additionally, students will build their writing, reading, and research skills through the coursework required for the minor.

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