International Studies

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International Studies Program

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A strong understanding of international affairs and diverse cultures is increasingly important in today's world. With this global perspective in mind, WCU is excited to offer a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in international studies.

A “coordinate major,” the new 30-hour program will draw from existing internationally focused courses taught across the curriculum at WCU while requiring participating students to major in a second program of study. An additional 90 hours are required to earn the B.A. degree.

This means that while you're learning about international politics, world cultures, languages and globalization from faculty with international expertise, you also will be studying business, communication, history, art or any other discipline offered at WCU. The result will be unique programs that better prepare you for a variety of career fields with a global perspective.

The international studies program contains four components – an introduction, language courses, core competency courses and electives. Participating students will study at least one foreign language through the intermediate level. The core of study will be divided into three categories – politics, culture and globalization. The curriculum includes a “study abroad” option.

Questions? Visit our FAQs page, read more about WCU's international studies program or contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


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International Studies

Expand your global and cultural awareness

Understand international affairs and diverse cultures

Major in a second program of study

Study at least one foreign language through intermediate level

Prepare for a variety of career fields with a global perspective

Learn from faculty with international expertise

Take your studies abroad


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