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Why choose International Studies at UAB?

Every day the world economy becomes more globalized and integrated, and employers need people who understand how to deal with the challenges that come from this environment. They look for employees with traits that include resourcefulness, flexibility, the ability to keep learning and adapt, and knowledge of world cultures and the international landscape. Many major company CEOs and successful tech entrepreneurs stress the importance of a liberal arts education that promotes creativity, critical thinking and knowledge of everything international. Stylized image of a train station.

International Studies majors are ready to take advantage of this increasing globalization. Our students are well-rounded individuals ready to pursue a multitude of careers and primed to be successful in the world economy.

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A degree in International Studies helps students to develop crucial skills and allows them to:

  • Prepare for multiple careers and/or competitive professional schools and graduate programs.
  • Choose a unique emphasis — Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, or South America.
  • Experience the entire world on our diverse campus.
  • Study with a diverse international faculty who are leaders in their academic field.
  • Take interesting and challenging classes in world cultures, international relations, political science, world history, anthropology, economy, sociology, and world languages.
  • Seize interesting internship opportunities that are part of your curriculum. You could intern with the Birmingham International Center, UAB Outreach Abroad, UAB Study Away, the Washington Center, the Atlantic Institute, the Japan America Society of Alabama, AlabamaGermany, or other options of your choice.
  • Experience study away and intermediate-level world languages as an integral part of your academic curriculum.
  • Pursue great UAB student engagement opportunities that you feel passionate about — the International Studies Club, international student organizations, intercultural activities, Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, and others.
  • Take advantage of our ideal location in the cosmopolitan Birmingham metropolitan area, home to countless international companies such as B.L. Harbert International, Engineering News-Record, Motion Industry, International Paper Company, Ciments Lafarge USA, National Cement, Mercedes-Benz of Alabama, Alabama Precision Mould, ZAP International, Hammerstein Corporation, Phenolchemie, Birmingham International Forest Products, Honda, and others.


We invite you to explore the site to learn who we are. Take a look at our major and minor. Ask us questions. Get to know our faculty.Once you're done, we hope to see you in the classroom next semester!