The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS) is an innovative and academically rigorous interdisciplinary program that engages students in critical examination and ethical analysis of major international issues, institutions, and relations. Composed of a basic core of courses on the processes of globalization and global change, human rights, social justice, and global economic issues, the International Studies curriculum combines courses from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and science in discipline-based 'functional' and geographical tracks of study. The goal of the program is to prepare dedicated professionals who can integrate and apply knowledge across disciplines in the interest of solving global problems and making the world a more humane and just place for all.
BAIS is based on the assumption that just as it is beyond the ability of one nation, or even a few nations, to solve trade, political, and environmental problems that have become transnational in character, it is also beyond the power of simply one or two academic disciplines to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge and experience required to function and lead effectively and creatively in the highly complex and rapidly changing environment we inhabit. Students collaborate closely with their academic advisors to select the functional and area tracks to correspond to their own academic and career interests.
Students are strongly encouraged to complement their major with a study abroad experience in countries where they can apply and expand their foreign language competency and enrich their study of international issues.
Graduates with a degree in international studies will be in demand in such fields as government service, education, international business, international media and communications, law, nongovernmental organizations, international development organizations, and international consulting.