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frequently asked questions

Declaring a Major/Minor

What kind of jobs or career paths are there for International Studies graduates?

  • One of the wonderful things about majoring in such a flexible program is that you can do almost anything with it. One of the hardest things about such a flexible program is that you can do almost anything with it. We have graduates in fields from graphic design and film to law and business to non-profits and health professions. The point is to leave the U being able to articulate the skills you gained, no matter what your degree is. The advantage to International Studies is that it is unique, and you will have needed language and cultural skills that apply to every kind of environment.

My parents say that I’m better off if I get a business degree. What will I get out of this major?

  • In a struggling economy, you are no more able to easily get a job with a Business degree than you are with a Humanities degree. The best path to success is studying something you are passionately interested in, and use your unique qualities to find the right career. Nothing is guaranteed - make choices that will help you stand out, not fit in! According to a recent international survey of more than 12,000 people, 31 percent of executives who responded are bilingual, and the need for bilingual and culturally knowledgeable executives will be even greater in 10 years.

Can I switch my major or minor if I change my mind?

  • Absolutely. Though we don't recommend switching too many times, you should be in the program(s) that really interests you. Many students double major, and you also have the option of switching a major to a minor and vice versa if you would like. It is not necessary to have a major removed - you will only graduate with degrees for which you turn in a graduation application.

How long will it take me to graduate?

  • The major is 36 credit hours long. Depending on your language level, you will easily be able to graduate (assuming your first 2 years were spent on General Education and Bachelor's degree requirements) within 4 years or sooner.

Approved Courses/Electives

Some electives aren’t showing up on my Degree Audit. What should I do?

  • If you have taken an elective which is not showing properly on your degree audit, write us at Make sure to include your student ID in the email.

If I am double majoring or have a minor, can I double-count classes between the two? Can classes for International Studies count for general education or bachelor degree requirements?

  • Yes. Some majors will have a limit on how many you can double-count. The general rule for double majors in International Studies is no more than 4 courses total may be from one department. There are also some courses which have designations allowing them to fulfill General Education or Bachelor degree requirements, but it doesn't happen very often. NEVER leave specific requirements to the end of your career, because if the correct courses are not offered it could result in a delay to your graduation date.

I’m looking for a specific approved course on the schedule, but the time doesn’t work for me. When will it be offered again? What if the class I want isn’t offered before I graduate?

  • Because we are a program and not a department, we unfortunately do not have any say in when courses will be offered. If you find a course you really want to take and it doesn't seem to be offered frequently, we suggest you rearrange your schedule if possible to take it then. We cannot guarantee elective courses.

Are there International Studies classes I can take in the summer? What about evening and online classes?

  • There are International Studies courses offered in the summer, but the numbers are few - so don't count on summer semesters to fulfill a large number of requirements. Same goes for evening and online classes - because we are subject to other departments doing the scheduling, we cannot guarantee convenient times for our classes.
Last Updated: 12/28/18