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International studies students from Mount St. Mary's University

International Studies

Because understanding others helps us to know ourselves.

How can the problems in the world today be addressed? What can be done about poverty, corruption, poor governance, conflict, terrorism or human rights violations? In learning about international cultures, politics and history, international studies (IS) students prepare themselves for international work abroad and domestic careers with diverse populations. They seek to make the world a better place, traveling to study diverse societies so that they might learn and grow to become change agents in the world.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in international studies is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely, exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

An international studies degree will prepare you for a diverse array of careers. You’ll complete this program with cultural, political and historical depth of knowledge, and graduate with language skills that will prepare you for working with peoples from other parts of the world.

In the program, you’ll study political culture, nationalism, state-building, development and foreign policy, and you will gain fluency in a foreign language. Courses will also cover international relations and economic theory as they relate to democracy, capitalism and globalization.

Mastering a foreign language is required, and you are highly encouraged to participate in at least one study abroad program while attending the Mount.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a foreign service officer at an embassy, join a nongovernmental organization to bring clean drinking water to people in developing areas, or even work with government agencies such as the CIA or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Lina Guerrero Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2017

The Mount allowed me to think more deeply about the issues we see in our communities, to ask why things are the way they are, and to discover how the people in those communities are affected. This way of thinking led me to want a service and justice oriented career.

Lina Guerrero, C'17 Youth programs coordinator, Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Where international studies majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in international studies have been hired by organizations such as:

  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • National Council of La Raza
  • The Embassy of Afghanistan
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Bon Secours Health System
  • Shandong Institute of Business and Technology
  • National Public Radio (NPR)

And have completed graduate or law school degrees at institutions such as:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • George Mason University
  • Tulane University
  • Georgetown University
  • Brandeis University
  • Ohio University
  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

An international studies minor from the Mount can pair with many different majors, providing you with additional skills. The IS minor can be combined with a political science major to pursue a career with the U.S. State Department, a business major to work for a multi-national corporation, or a cybersecurity major to keep our nation safe from international computer hackers.

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Meet Our Faculty

Michael Towle

Michael Towle, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Professor

Amanda (Beal) Krause

Amanda (Beal) Krause

Director of International Programs / Associate Professor

Maureen Oakley

Maureen Oakley, Ph.D.



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