Study and critically analyze global issues from various cultural, economic, geographic and political perspectives in the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies program at the University of Central Missouri. Climate change, sustainable development practices, human rights and global migration patterns are among the many topics discussed and debated.
Better understand our interconnected world with a degree in International Studies
We need individuals who are difference-makers in the world around us. By pursuing an International Studies degree at UCM, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of globally relevant issues while interacting with students and faculty from different backgrounds and cultures. International Studies students may study abroad at universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, where they will experience a new culture, meet new friends and establish lifelong connections.
An International Studies degree program with multiple ways to learn
Undergraduate students in the International Studies program can take all of our courses at our Warrensburg campus, but many online classes are also available. Either way, you can specialize your International Studies bachelor’s degree by choosing a concentration in:
Choose from 4 concentrations
Some online classes available
Focus on 1 of 5 geographic regions
Learn a foreign language
Study abroad for a semester or more
Undergraduate students in the University of Central Missouri’s International Studies bachelor’s degree program take classes in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, geography, political science and sociology. Debate global issues from multiple perspectives as you take core courses in:
From there, specialize your International Studies bachelor’s degree in human development and the physical environment; international political economy and policy studies; international relations, peace and justice or global society and culture. Choose one of five geographic regions to emphasize: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.
All UCM students in the International Studies degree program study abroad and learn a foreign language — if they don’t know one already. Many of our undergraduate students also complete an internship locally in nearby Kansas City or overseas.
Jobs for International Studies degree program graduates span the globe, and a UCM degree prepares you to lead wherever your career and life take you.
Gain an awareness of the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community. Our International Studies bachelor’s degree program provides a global perspective through:
Jobs for International Studies degree program graduates from UCM are as exciting as they are diverse. Our alumni work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, university administrative and global education offices, as well as international schools teaching English as a second language.
Discover possible careers in International Studies
An International Studies B.A. prepares you for a variety of rewarding career pathways. Learn more about career options for International Studies degree program graduates, as well as potential salaries, using the tool below.
Pursuing an International Studies bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri is an investment in your future, but we still keep college costs low. Our tuition rates are competitive with other schools in the Midwest, and we have several ways to finance your college education.
In addition to university-wide scholarships, students in our bachelor’s degree in International Studies program may qualify for exclusive scholarships such as:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
Expertise in specialty areas is important in our ever-changing global workforce. Enhance your bachelor’s degree in International Studies with the following graduate programs at UCM:
Make yourself more marketable.
Get the most from your undergraduate education by adding a minor to your International Studies B.A. Some popular options at UCM include: