The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides a rigorous education in the political, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of the complex interrelationships that exist within and among nations in a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world. It also prepares students to be effective, globally aware decision-makers in the opening years of the 21st century. The combination of the knowledge of disciplinary fields with practical knowledge develops the foundation for careers in public and community service, diplomacy, the private and public sector, and graduate studies in the humanities and the social sciences.
In fast-developing and changing societies such as the United Arab Emirates, the people who understand the dynamic nature of the globalization of societies, their institutions, problems, and opportunities can most competently advance effective social, economic, and political developments.
Building on a foundation of faculty strength across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities (anthropology, film and literature studies, history, international relations, political science, and sociology), students in the International Studies program are offered a chance to specialize in one of three concentrations after completing at least 57 credit hours of core courses. The concentrations in International Relations, Political Economy & Development, and the Middle East & Gulf Studies cater to different academic interests and career aspirations. Eligible International Studies students may apply for the HSS Honors Thesis option, which will add 3 credit hours to their program.
International Relations: The concentration in International Relations (IR) offers students an in-depth appreciation of the central issues in foreign policy, and the complex web of interactions among and between states and international organizations in a post-hegemonic and multipolar world.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Knowledge: On successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate a solid understanding of major ideas, works, theories, and debates in the humanities and social sciences, analyze various connections across these disciplines, and apply this knowledge when explaining the relations between states and non-state actors at the local, regional and international levels.
- Language and Communication: On successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate solid written, oral, and visual communication skills in English using rigorous academic standards and, when required, advanced information technology skills to present and explain complex matters and arguments.
- Critical Thinking: On successful completion of the program, the student will critically assess and evaluate information to develop logical and coherent arguments, weigh the merits of alternative ideas, and develop informed conclusions within and across various fields of study.
- Global Awareness: On successful completion of the program, the student will exhibit an understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural trends happening in the world and will evaluate differences from an informed and responsible point of view.
- Research Capacity: On successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate a strong ability to investigate, assess and use data from multiple sources, solid proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and an ability to conduct high- quality research projects.
- Professional Competency: On successful completion of the program, the student will show high ethical and professional standards when engaging with colleagues, either individually or as part of a team, and will demonstrate responsibility and a sense of self-independence and leadership.