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Students will develop a core knowledge of geography, world affairs, economics, cultural paradigms, and politics. They will then specialize with a 21 credit module to prepare for careers in international business, economics, policy-making, or geographic information systems (GIS). Students can further customize their degree through a selection of area studies culture classes that focus on dynamic regions of the world. Finally, students will complete an internship or a study abroad program where they apply the skills and knowledge they learned throughout the program. A senior research capstone class helps students create a project that will launch them into their career.
"The International Studies major has helped expand my knowledge of the world around me, deepened my understanding of how to approach and provide solutions to global issues, and motivated me to do my part and make a difference."
SOFIA R., BYU-I GRADUATE
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Workers in international business careers travel around the world, interact with high-level clients, and shape organizational outcomes. This career cuts through complex intercultural issues helps make a lasting impact on global organizations and positions workers for professional advancement.
International economics is concerned with the effects on economic activity from international differences in productive resources. It is also concerned with consumer preferences and the international institutions that affect them. It seeks to explain the patterns and consequences of transactions and interactions between the inhabitants of different countries including trade, investment, and transaction.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. GIS reveals deeper insights into data such as patterns, relationships, and situations which helps users make smarter decisions.
The International Studies major prepares graduates for a wide range of political science-related careers including diplomacy, foreign service, United Nations, intelligence specialists, political analysts, lobbyists, communication specialists for non-profits. This major also prepares graduates for attending law school.
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If you are interested in International Studies, start with one of the following major-specific courses
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