Bachelor of Science in International Studies
International Studies explores economic, political, social and cultural issues. If you are interested in achieving a greater understanding of the world and the diversity of its cultures - useful in business, law, teaching, and governmental careers - the International Studies undergraduate degree is for you.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
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required course work
A minimum of 42 units are required. All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in International Studies include:
May be substituted with a core course when unavailable. Each will be offered every other year.
- U.S. Perspectives on International Studies (U43 200). May be substituted with a Category B course when unavailable.
- World Perspectives on International Studies (U43 205). May be substituted with a Category A course when unavailable.
Category A: 3 units
- Western Civilization I (U16 101)
- Western Civilization II (U16 102)
- World Literature (U32 225)
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (U69 160)
Category B: 3 units
- International Politics (U25 103)
- Introduction to International Business (U44 240)
- International Management: Leadership Across Cultures (U44 330)
The Concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity requires 30 units of authorized course work from at least three different academic departments or programs in the humanities, social sciences, or others with approval. At least 18 units must be in advanced course work at the 300- or 400-level, including, with authorization, a maximum of two graduate courses in the University College Master's Program in International Affairs. All courses require authorization by the International Studies coordinator in University College.
The Concentration in International Political Economy and Business requires 30 units of authorized course work from at least three different academic departments or programs in the social sciences, humanities, business, or others with approval. At least 18 units must be in advanced course work at the 300- or 400-level, including, with authorization, a maximum of two graduate courses in the University College Master's Program in International Affairs. All courses require authorization by the International Studies coordinator in University College.
All students who major in International Studies must satisfy a foreign language requirement, defined as proficiency through four semesters of study.
- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.
Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.