International Studies

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About the B.A. in International Studies

  • Preparation for careers in business, government, international development, social work, counseling, journalism, law, religion, non-profit management
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Advanced study in the language and culture of another country
  • Semester abroad requirement
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Arcadia University is its commitment to internationalization. Arcadia believes that students who learn firsthand about the interconnections among the peoples of the world will be truly prepared for life in a rapidly changing global society. An important component of Arcadia’s global perspective is the many international courses and experiences available through the International Studies major.

Global Experiences

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, which is housed within the Department of Historical and Political Studies, is an interdisciplinary major, focusing on global issues, including both regional and thematic concentrations. All International Studies majors study abroad for at least one semester as well as develop competence in a language other than English. Students are able to work in close contact with faculty with expertise in a number of different disciplines, including History, English, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Economics, and Modern Languages.

Graduates may pursue careers in business, government, international development, social work, counseling, journalism, law, religion, community service and non-profit management. This program also prepares students for graduate school.

The International Studies program also offers a minor in International Studies.

The International Studies program also offers two different accelerated options for high-achieving students: a three-year accelerated program and a five-year accelerated (B.A./M.A.) program in conjunction with the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.


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