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We cross borders.

We cross borders.

Our world has become globalized, with organizations, corporations, and individuals from around the world interacting on a daily basis. International Studies majors learn the importance of understanding and experiencing diverse cultures and the skills to work together on solutions to global challenges.

All International Studies majors study abroad for at least one semester, at one of dozens of programs managed by our Global Education Office. Majors also engage in “experiential learning” to link real-world experiences to classroom-based learning.  Other opportunities to make such linkages exist on campus as well, through our vibrant Model United Nations program, the student-run International Studies Council, foreign language “coffee hours” and lectures from internationally known speakers sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture.

After graduation, our majors go on to apply their education and skills in a wide range of careers, including business, journalism, teaching, politics, and international and public service.  Double majors also find International Studies a useful supplement to all of Washington College’s major fields of study.

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major, coordinated by the departments of anthropology, business management, economics, history, modern languages, and political science. Our majors combine the required components of the major in an almost limitless combination of courses from these and other departments both at Washington College and in our abroad programs. The following link offers a Sample Recommended Path to complete both the major requirements and college-wide distribution requirements in four years.

There is no minor in International Studies, though non-majors (and majors) are encouraged to pursue a minor in a regional area such as Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Near Eastern Studies; or in a functional areas such as Global Business or Peace and Conflict Studies.


  • Hannah Foster ’19 is back in the United States.

    Hannah Foster ’19 has spent much of her young adult life abroad, and now the international studies and anthropology major plans to return to China for graduate studies.

  • Washington College’s Model UN Team gathers for a group photo during their trip to Rome for Harvard’s WorldMUN conferen...

    Traveling to Rome to participate in Harvard’s World Model United Nations, Washington College’s Model UN team wins two Best Delegate awards while reveling in the cultural smorgasbord.

  • Christine Wade’s timely book Captured Peace examines the UN peace process in El Salvador from a new angle, that of how l...
    In El Salvador, where in 1992 the United Nations achieved its greatest success in peacebuilding to end a brutal civil war, the homicide rate is now highest in the world. In her timely new book Captured Peace, Christine Wade, associate professor of political science and international studies, examines how local elites manipulated the peace process, helping lead the country to its present state.


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    International Studies majors presented their senior capstone experiences through poster presentations in Toll Atrium.
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    The Office of International Programs, in cooperation with the Gunston Day School International Program, held a dinner in the basement of East Hall to ring in the lunar year of the snake.  All of the ...
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    Student from Dr. Shad’s class joined him at his house for a talk and discussion on the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Benjamin Orbach is the founder and director of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, an initiative that is increasing...
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    El Salvador’s Ambassador to the United States Rubén Zamora visited Washington College on Tuesday, March 18. Zamora gave a lecture entitled, “Twenty-two Years of the Salvadoran Peace Accords and Future Prospects for El Salvador’s Democracy.” ...