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St. Bonaventure University

International Studies Program


International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the principal issues confronting today’s globalizing world, drawing ideas, faculty and courses from a wide range of disciplines.

Majors choose a primary and secondary concentration that will allow them to become familiar with global issues and problems related to culture and the arts, politics and society, international relations, and global political economy.

To further this knowledge and help develop language skills, students will be encouraged to study and/or engage in service abroad.

Why choose international studies?


The major in international studies has many varied and exciting career paths available. Here are just a few fields and types of employers available with a bachelor’s degree in international studies.

  • Business: domestic and foreign financial institutions, international marketing firms, international trade firms, international transportation, travel, and hospitality industry.
  • International Relations: relief organizations, religious organizations, educational institutions, consulting firms, research institutes.
  • Government: United Nations, defense contractors, U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Foreign Service, USAID, Armed Services.
  • Non-Profits: private voluntary organizations, humanitarian services, relief organizations.
  • Language Services: public and private schools abroad, English language institutes, colleges and universities.
  • Journalism: foreign news agencies, TV networks, wire services, online publishers, academic journals, magazines, museums, freelancing.

Program information


The International Studies Program offers a B.A. in international studies and a minor in international studies.


Bachelor of Arts in international studies

Students majoring in international studies choose a primary and secondary concentration that will allow them to become familiar with global issues and problems related to culture and the arts, politics and society, international relations, and global political economy.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the international studies major

  • Minor in international studies

    For non-majors, the international studies minor provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of International studies to aid in the understanding of their major fields.

    Requirements for the International studies minor


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