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.
General Education Requirements
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.
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.