Find Your Way in a Growing World

International Studies Major

As technology and the forces of globalization make everyone in the world more closely connected, it is important that students know more about the world in which they will have to live and work. At Salisbury University, we believe this means not only knowing about the history, politics and cultures of other countries, but communicating with other people in their own languages and developing experience abroad. The international studies major helps students achieve the knowledge and skills to find their way in a growing world.

Why Choose International Studies at SU?

The international studies major is designed for students who seek a broad course of study focusing on the modern world that is different from traditional academic settings. Our program encourages students to view the world from different perspectives and consider social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes, power relations and linkages that connect individuals, communities, states, and regions.

We educate students in understanding the world outside the United States so that they can better serve as informed citizens in a democratic society and also as professionals in careers spanning national boundaries. To expand their horizons, we encourage a foreign academic experience for our students, and all students in this major must demonstrate proficiency in a non-English language.


Students in the international studies major may choose one of three concentrations to complete their program:


A well-rounded education makes a great job candidate. International studies majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services and education, including the following occupations:

  • Policy Analyst for the federal government or Advocacy group
  • Research Assistant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Congressional aide/analyst
  • Consular/embassy assistant
  • Security Researcher/Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • HR for a global company
  • Humanitarian relief worker
  • International development assistant
  • Trade Assistant
Meet Ben – International Studies Major

Meet Ben – International Studies Major

Learn about the exciting course offerings featuring modern issues that Ben loves about the international studies major.

Faculty with a range of regional expertise

Our faculty helps students reach beyond their borders to expand their world and pursue rewarding careers.

The International Studies Major is for students who want to ask the big questions -- about how the world works and how to change it for the better
Eric Rittinger Assistant Professor

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