The international studies major is designed for students who plan to pursue a profession in which an international focus will be especially valuable.

It will prepare you for a life of service and success in a global society and for careers in fields such as business, economics, government and non-government organizations (NGOs), law, history, sociology and the arts.

In addition to Hope’s normal general education requirements, the international studies major consists of:

  • 36 credit hours
  • Two years of modern foreign language study
  • A semester- or year-long international off-campus study program

Degree programs

The international studies major is an interdepartmental program composed of credits from several different departments.

As a student in our program, you’ll be able to design your own focus with a mixture of required and elective courses, plus an international studies capstone.


Students pursuing a major in international studies will take courses from several different departments.

  • Communication
  • Economics and business
  • History
  • Modern and classical languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Religion
  • Sociology and social work

Elective courses will be selected in consultation with the academic advisor and approved by the International Studies director.

After graduation

The international studies major serves as preparation for careers in such fields as international business, economics, government, law, history, sociology, the arts and work with non-governmental organizations.

International studies graduates succeed in the world of foreign service and have limitless opportunities. Our alumni work in several fields, including:

  • Law
  • Human resources
  • Global
  • French government
  • Education
  • Non-profit organizations
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated March 11, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2020
4 years
34,990 USD
Annual tuition fee. Additional fees apply.
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