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International Studies BA

UCM’s International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses from various academic disciplines that help students to analyze issues from different economic, social, and political perspectives. This major allows you to pursue both thematic and geographic concentrations as you study critical issues such as climate change, refugees, food insecurity, terrorism, trade, war, human rights, economic development, and economic inequality. A degree in International Studies helps you develop knowledge and skills that will help you pursue a career in international business, non-governmental organizations, and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.


Meet the Program Coordinator

Darlene BuddDr. Darlene Budd teaches courses on Asian politics, women and politics, globalization and international studies. She also serves as the advisor for the Model United Nations student organization. Her recent publications include a Journal of Research on Women and Gender article on how a gendered policy agenda may be used to close the mayoral ambition gap, and two book chapters on Japan’s global climate change policies and ASEAN’s response to the rise of ISIL (Routledge 2018 and 2016).






Get Engaged and Study Abroad

Study Abroad

International Studies majors can study abroad in a range of countries for a 3-week study tour, a summer, or a semester abroad.

Model UN

International Studies majors benefit from high-impact learning outside the classroom. The Model United Nations Club is a great way to learn about the United Nations while developing important communication and teamwork skills.


International Studies majors benefit from classes that are taught by professors who conduct research on a wide range of global issues.


The International Studies Program

Content Specializations

Choose from among four content specializations: 

  • Global Society and Culture
  • International Relations, Peace, and Justice
  • International Political Economy and Policy Studies
  • Human Development and the Physical Environment

Geographic Specializations

Choose from five geographic specializations:

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East Studies.

Related Groups/Programs


Dr. Darlene Budd
Professor, Political Science
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660)543-8148


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