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International Studies - The Americas, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , WV,
This interdisciplinary program in International Studies - The Americas from West Virginia University includes courses in political science, languages, geography, history, sociology, anthropology, economics and other topics. You'll gain valuable real-life experience through study abroad, global service learning and internships.


Explore other cultures, experience new perspectives and visit other countries. You can look forward to these experiences and more as an International Studies major.

You will see the world through interdisciplinary lenses. The International Studies curriculum at West Virginia University provides a broad background in international affairs, with courses in economics, world languages, geography, history, political science, religious studies, sociology and anthropology. Courses foster original research and critical thinking through student participation and intensive faculty-student interactions.


International Studies - The Americas alumni are employed across the public and private sectors. Recent graduates have found employment in the intelligence community, the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the World Bank and global non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations, such as the Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Graduates who enter the private sector are employed at various international consulting firms such as the Cohen Group, Deloitte and Ntrepid Corporation.

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:

  • Political Geography
  • Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • Intelligence Analysis Methods
  • International Law
  • Professional Field Experience

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:


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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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 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

    26664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13332 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    26664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13332 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4908 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Morgantown

  • 775 - 1290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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