Do you want to make a global impact? Are you interested in international issues, cultures, politics and languages? The cross-disciplinary program in International Studies provides opportunities for students to develop skills and expertise in global events and issues.

When you major or minor in International Studies, you’re preparing yourself to be an effective global citizen. International Studies students go on to work or advanced study in a broad range of fields in the international arena, including foreign service, journalism, advocacy organizations, education, scientific or research institutions, NGOs, humanitarian agencies, environmental organizations, and global business or engineering.

International Studies is a secondary major or minor that you can combine with any other program of study at Iowa State. Thanks to a flexible curriculum and numerous study abroad opportunities, you can create a unique plan of study that fits your interests and career goals.

Where will your international adventure take you?


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Student Spotlight


Natalia Rios – Political Science, International Studies, & Public Relations

“I chose the International Studies program because it best complimented my Political Science curriculum by offering me a multi-national perspective. This program inspired me to pursue a professional working experience abroad. An opportunity of that nature will only enrich my work as a government employee.

My favorite class was Introduction to International Studies because it gave me a foundation to integrate the discipline of political science. Because of this class, I am able to compare, contrast, and analyze the American government versus foreign ones.

My favorite part about the program was being able to study abroad in Italy as part of one of the program requirements. While living abroad, I learned the language and exposed myself to a new culture while learning about its art and history.

Studying abroad is a “must do.” I recommend that every student do it, even if they think it is not accessible. ISU does a remarkable job of providing scholarships for pursuing academic opportunities like this one. Do not let the economic factor deter you from experiencing life abroad. You will become more independent and see life from a new perspective.”

What advice do you want to share with other students? “Be curious about other countries. It is easy to think that the way the US does things is the “default” mechanism when in reality, it was inspired by other cultures. Always question why things are the way they are and compare them to foreign governments.”