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International Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The International Studies program at the Western Carolina University prepares students to work in today’s global marketplace in any field or to continue their studies in graduate school or law school.
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Key facts:

  • International Studies at Western Carolina University is a “coordinate major,” which means students complete the degree in addition to a second major such as business, communication, history or art. Students take an introductory course and global issues course, and research a global issue or event as part of a capstone experience. They also choose an elective and internationally focused politics, culture and globalization courses (one each) that best match their interests. Course offerings range from Global Justice, Religion and Human Rights to History of Capitalism. In addition, students become proficient in at least one world language through the intermediate level. Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Cherokee are offered at WCU. Students also can satisfy the language requirement through studies at other institutions, including study abroad experiences.
  • Studying international politics, world cultures and languages makes international studies graduates competitive for a broad range of jobs. Students may go on to join the Peace Corps, serve in the military or work with an organization or business with international missions, partners and clients. They also may pursue careers as diplomats, policy and security analysts, researchers and civil servants.
  • Employers in every field are looking for people who understand global processes and cultures, and a degree in International Studies can only help job candidates and graduate school applicants stand out. Students may seek graduate degrees in order to become more competitive for jobs as foreign service officers or diplomats. They may pursue careers with federal agencies such as the CIA or FBI as translators, analysts or researchers. Graduates may be prepared to work as a civil servant or private contractor helping people in other countries with tasks such as building infrastructure or developing policies for environmental sustainability. Other jobs may be with organizations centered on international causes or services such as Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders or the World Wildlife Fund.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

International Studies curriculum include:

  • International Studies 
  • International Studies Capstone 
  • History of Twentieth-Century International Relations 
  • Modern European Military History 
  • Political Violence 
  • Politics of Ethnic Conflict 
  • International Studies in Law and Society
  • Global Justice, Liberty, and Human Rights 
  • International Environmental Politics
  • Religion, Suffering, and the Moral Imagination 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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