International Studies

Gain a competitive edge in this era of globalization and enable success in numerous professions with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies

The International Studies major is a rigorous program that’s unique in that it draws its faculty from several different departments to create a truly interdisciplinary curriculum. Students develop an in-depth understanding of major themes in international relations, current global issues, recent world history and modern cultures and societies, along with gaining analytical skills suited for the study of other societies and international issues.

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Student Experience

In the course of study, students gain expertise on a particular region of the world and develop a thematic concentration from wide-ranging fields, such as international development and migration, human rights and law, diplomacy and foreign affairs, international business and commerce, literature, religion, popular culture and the fine arts. This adaptability makes for innovative, interesting and career-flexible graduates.

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LORAS OFFERS OVER 100 CO-CURRICULAR & INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
With more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student and residence hall government, interest groups and recreational interests, there’s something for everyone.

Loras provides a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in the Loras Community from the moment you set foot on campus! From your first year through your senior year, we have designed programs focused on providing educational and social experiences for each student. These programs will help you develop organization, problem-solving and collaboration skills along with making your Loras experience the best time of your life.

There are more than 100 co-curricular opportunities, including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student government, special interest groups and recreational interests.

If you can’t find a student organization that interests you, we’ll help you start up your own!

LORAS PROVIDES A STIMULATING SOCIAL CALENDAR OFFERING STUDENTS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF EVENTS
From clubs and organizations to theater productions, concerts, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs, spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from.

Loras College provides a stimulating social climate for the campus and allows students to enjoy a diverse array of programs and entertainment.

On any given night of the week, students can enjoy a number of social opportunities. From clubs and organizations to theater productions, athletic events, musical performances, intercultural programs and spiritual opportunities, there is so much for students to choose from. In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

In addition, the College Activities Board provides a variety of entertainment including: comedians, game shows, coffeehouses and concerts every weekend.

Student Learning Outcomes

 

Student Learning Outcomes – International Studies
1. Demonstrate an understanding of global issues from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives
2. Exhibit comprehension and awareness of contemporary thematic dynamics of different global regions
3. Display an appreciation and knowledge of diverse worldviews and cultures
4. Demonstrate intercultural competencies and values
5. Ability to perform original research based on interdisciplinary methods, theories, and primary sources
6. Convey complex information and interdisciplinary ideas in written and oral form that are clear, robust, carefully edited, well organized, and stylistically engaging and accessible.

 

Curriculum

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Issues in Global Politics
This course introduces the major problems confronting the international community and that community’s efforts to address them. The focus is on common global issues such as globalization, nationalism, human rights, war, economic development, poverty, the status of women, and the environment. 3 credits. Spring semester.

Irish Politics and Identity
This course examines contemporary Irish 3 and its relationship to self and identity. The development and maintenance of common identity and self-perception among the Irish will be explored. Irish nationalism and sectarianism will be part of the investigation into the competing visions of what Ireland is, and what it means to be Irish

Internship in International Studies
Students are encouraged to participate in internships that expose them to the nature and variety of internationally-related careers. Such internships include working as an intern in a governmental or nongovernmental organization involved in international matters or a business organization with international exposure, work organized as part of studies abroad, and research and campus activities at Loras College.

Study Abroad
Majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Courses taken abroad may be eligible for transfer to Loras and credited toward the major. For further information, schedule a campus visit and learn more about the Loras College Center for Experiential Learning.

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Major & Minor Requirements

Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a major or minor in International Studies. 

Degree Requirements

 

Requirements for the major in International Studies (B.A.):

Req Course Cr’s
1 Issues in Global Politics 3
2 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
3 Senior Seminar 3
4 Themes in World History 3
5 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
6 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
7 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
8 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
9 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
10 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
30 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in International Studies:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Issues in Global Politics 3
1 Themes in World History 3
2 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
3 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
4 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
5 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
6 Elective: Approved course from the I.S. Committee 3
                                             18 total required credits

Study Abroad
Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. With prior approval of the International Studies Committee, courses taken abroad will be eligible for transfer to Loras and credited toward the major if passed with the grade of C or better. For further information, visit the Center for Experiential Learning and the Program Coordinator for the major.

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Career Opportunities

“What can you do with an International Studies degree?”

As an International Studies major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.

  • International Development Agencies
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs
  • International Business and Financial Services
  • Tourism
  • Public Relations
  • Telecommunications
  • International Education Services, Research, and Teaching
  • Public Policy and Non-Governmental Organizations

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.