Areas of Concentration

All students majoring in International Studies must choose one of the following four areas of concentration:

Culture and Communication

Culture and Communication is the broadest of the four concentrations and gives students a framework for studying the ways that cultural and historical dynamics shape social, political, and economic relations across the globe. Many students with a concentration in Culture and Communication go on to pursue careers in fields such as education, human rights, journalism, law, and international NGOs.


Students with a concentration in Development learn how the economic possibilities of people around the world today have emerged out of centuries of global political and economic relations. Many students with a concentration in Development go on to pursue careers in fields such as economic policy and international NGOs.

International Public Policy

The concentration in International Public Policy helps students develop the skills needed to formulate and advocate policies on key international issues. Students with this concentration frequently pursue careers in think tanks, non-profit organizations, foreign policy, and international governance.

International Relations

Students in International Relations focus on the interactions between nation-states and within international political institutions such as the United Nations. This concentration gives students the background to pursue careers in international governance and diplomacy.