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International Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in international studies explores intercontinental issues of diplomacy, human rights advocacy and socioeconomic relationships. You’ll take classes that will discuss the responsibilities of the world's multinational corporations. You’ll examine the impact of technological innovations. And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of ecological and environmental concerns.

Major in International Studies

SLU's undergraduate degree in international studies is offered through the College of Arts and Science's Center for International Studies and must be completed in combination with a second or third major. Popular choices include public health, political science, business, history, the modern languages, and earth and atmospheric sciences.

A wide variety of courses will fulfill your program requirements, from economics, political science and sociology to art history, philosophy and theology.

As part of your degree program, you will demonstrate proficiency in a modern language and complete an internship in international studies that can take place either in the United States or abroad.


Saint Louis University’s international studies degree can serve as a secondary major to any other primary major degree program. You must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of graduation in order to complete your international studies degree.


The Center for International Studies requires an internship as part of the curriculum to supplement your academic career with practical experience. The internship site may be local as long as it is off campus. It must also have a fundamentally-international component.

Proficiency in a Modern Language

You are required to be proficient in a modern language besides English as part of the international studies program. You can meet this requirement by completing the required coursework or testing out of the appropriate modern language class.

Study Abroad Experience

The study abroad requirement for this degree program can be fulfilled with classes, an internship or job outside of the country. This experience can be for a summer, fall or spring term and often occurs in the sophomore or junior year. While SLU offers study abroad opportunities in countries across the world, you can also study abroad at a non-affiliated program. If you are an international student studying at the St. Louis campus, you can use that experience toward your study abroad requirement.

Highlighted study abroad opportunities from the Center of International Studies include spending your junior year at Oxford or spending a summer in Mumbai, India.

The Center for International Studies offers the Joe Adorjan scholarship to assist financially with study abroad experiences. Scholarships are also available through the Office of International Services.


You will begin coursework toward your international studies degree with ISTD 1100: Introduction to International Studies.

Additionally, you will take one of the following:

  • ECON 1900: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 3120: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • POLS 1600: Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 2610: Introduction to Diplomacy
  • CMM 3300: Intercultural Communication
  • SOC 3610: Sociology of International Relations

You will also take one course on contemporary culture or history. Certain courses offered while studying abroad may be used toward this requirement. SLU offers the following options:

  • HIST 3140: Twentieth Century Europe: The Era of World War. 1914-1945
  • HIST 3160: History of Eastern Europe
  • HIST 3180: History of Modern Latin America
  • HIST 3190: History of Mexico
  • HIST 3210: History of China Since 1644
  • HIST 3230: History of Japan Since 1639
  • HIST 3240: Africa Since 1844
  • HIST 3250: The World in Conflict Since 1945
  • HIST 3260: Modern France: 1815-Present
  • HIST 3290: History of Russia Since 1905
  • HIST 3310: Modern European Diplomatic History, 1914-Present
  • HIST 3410: History of Italy: 1860-Present
  • HIST 3440: Spanish Civil War
  • HIST 3750: Women in Modern Europe
  • HIST 3810: Islamic Civilization
  • FREN, GR, RUSS 3250, SPAN 4180: Culture and Civilization

You will take take seven elective courses from at least three different areas: humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. A full listing of options are available on the international studies attribute list.

International Studies Course Checklist

Internships and Careers

An undergraduate degree in international studies prepares you for a global career and can make you more attractive to future employers. Some examples of fields where a degree in international studies can be beneficial include:

  • Public service with NGOs or governmental agencies
  • Global health
  • Education
  • Immigration law
  • Research
  • Environmental
  • Social reform

The faculty includes internationally recognized scholars from SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences and other academic units.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Student Organization

Join Sigma Iota Rho

SLU’s chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, an honor society for international studies, provides students with programs such as faculty research presentations and social service events, as well as other fun, internationally oriented activities.