The International Studies (ITS) major is an interdisciplinary course of study that gives you an understanding of the different values and structures that characterize the world’s diverse societies. You will learn about the institutions that produce economic, social, cultural, and political interdependence among nations. Our students graduate with a broad yet deep knowledge of cultures, organizations, and societies outside the United States — a different educational experience than any traditional discipline might offer.

Stylized image of people at a festival. The ITS major gives you the background necessary to pursue a variety of public and private-sector careers. Employment opportunities are as numerous and varied as the interests and abilities of our students. Majors may find employment in diplomatic or foreign service; international business, law, or labor relations; international development, social service, the travel industry, or health agencies and cultural organizations. Other students pursue graduate work in the fields of international relations, international development, peace studies, conflict resolution studies, public health, or law. We encourage all International Studies students to go abroad, minor in a foreign language, and pursue internship opportunities.

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for the International Studies major is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

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