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International Studies: the Americas, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , WV,
International Studies provides knowledge of world affairs, develops an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and societies, and promotes informed analysis of global interdependencies. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for professional internships and study abroad, which may be undertaken for academic credit. 


This area of emphasis offers courses focused on the Western Hemisphere. Spanish language is, of course, highly relevant for much of this region and, as such, six hours of advanced Spanish is required for this area of emphasis.

International Studies majors have been remarkably successful lately in receiving prestigious national scholarships, WVU’s highest recognition at graduation, and admission to top graduate programs in the United States and abroad. Among our current and recent graduates, one has received a Truman Scholarship, two have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, two have received Boren Scholarships, and at least three now have Critical Language Scholarships. At this year’s graduation, four seniors were designatedWVU Outstanding Seniors and two of them were among the eight University graduates inducted into the Order of Augusta—WVU’s highest academic recognition.

Beyond WVU, our graduates have been accepted to some of the most prominent graduate schools in the United States. These include the top international affairs programs at Turfs University (Fletcher School), Georgetown (Walsh School), George Washington (Elliot School with Law), Syracuse (Maxwell), American University (SPIA), Pittsburgh (GSPIA), Kentucky (Patterson School), Denver (Korbel School), and the University of Washington (Jackson School). Others have gone abroad for graduate studies and been accepted to such schools as the London School of Economics, the University of London, the University of Manchester, the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, and (via WVU’s Atlantis Program) Collegium Civitas in Poland and the University of Tartu in Estonia. Still other graduates with second majors in Agriculture and Biology have gone on to prestigious programs in international agriculture at Cornell University and international public health at the University of Pittsburgh.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • International Economics
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Economic Development
  • Population Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Spanish American Literature in Translation I
  • Spanish American Literature in Translation II
  • Brazilian Literature Translation
  • United States and Canada
  • Rural and Regional Development
  • Latin America: Culture, Conquest, Colonization
  • Latin America: Reform and Revolution

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements


  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application.
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23616 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    8592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Morgantown

  • 775 - 1290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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