International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that allows you to take internationally focused courses from across the university. By designing your own concentration, you can draw from courses in politics, history, philosophy, religion, art, business and communication, to name just a few. You will have the opportunity to study abroad and ability to learn a language, all while gaining skills that will prepare you to engage in today's diverse global environment.
Perks of Being an International Studies Major
- Community of engaged citizens
Our department is comprised of active citizens who volunteer, study abroad, engage in national and international level simulations like Model UN, and assist their professors with research.
- Language immersion
You will graduate with at least intermediate fluency in a non-native language. With exchange programs in more than 100 international locations, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself and pursue unusual dialects.
- International residency experience
As an international studies major, you will spend at least six weeks overseas. The residency experience could be a semester abroad, an international internship or language immersion program. You will have access to programs in dozens of countries studying hundreds of subjects.
As an international studies major, you will have the opportunity to intern in many different fields and at the local, national and international level. Former students have worked with:
- Law firms
- Congressional offices
- Think tanks
- NGOs and local charities
- Various governmental, for profit and non-profit agencies overseas
- Multinational corporations
When You Graduate
Our alumni are living and working around the world, in diverse and competitive fields. You can find Queens alumni:
- Working for the U.S. Congress and the World Bank
- Working for the private sector in business and finance
- Practicing law or public administration
- Working for NGOs and advocacy groups on climate change, veterans issues, immigration and Latin America, among many others
- Serving in the U.S. Military, the Peace Corps and Americorps
- Teaching in public schools and universities
- Going to grad school: American University, George Washington University, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, London School of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
Stephanie Bello '12 says her Queens experience shaped her life direction and prepared her for the journey ahead. After taking a class on global citizenship she remarked, "That class opened my eyes to prevalent global issues." Three years later, she earned a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.