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International Studies, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsburg, CA, United States
Chatham University's Bachelor Degree in International Studies emphasizes cultural texts and histories, both classical and contemporary, in combination with practical experience and firsthand intercultural interaction. 


The core courses draw on humanistic intellectual traditions, in order to develop nuanced understandings of particular texts, topics, and problems within a broad and relevant historical, political, and cultural context. Completion of a regional concentration ensures practical grounding in language, historical and geographical understanding, and experiential learning; it also qualifies a student for financial and programmatic support for study abroad.

Likely career fields for an International Studies major include civic and non-profit work, international outreach, media and communications, and education. Careers in government and business are also achievable, especially if this major is complemented by additional study and experience. The major offers a foundation for graduate work in a variety of fields, including humanities, social sciences, and law.

Students may test out of some or all language requirement. They will not be given course credit but the requirement will be waived.

The Bachelor Degree in International Studies is offered by Chatham University.

 International Studies (BA) Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the International Studies major will be able to:

·         Demonstrate a knowledge of specific facts, concepts, and generalizations regarding the geography, history and culture of a particular world region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Middle East

·         Demonstrate a knowledge of the economic, historical, political and cultural factors that inform cross-border relations among nation-states and between nation-states and other actors on the international stage

·         Demonstrate an intermediate level of fluency in a language appropriate for the chosen regional concentration

·         Demonstrate an ability to prepare for, undertake, and reflect on a period of residence abroad

·         Locate and evaluate the perspective, quality and accuracy of information resources with particular reference to international affairs

·         Demonstrate ability to clearly communicate knowledge via oral and written means

·         Demonstrate an ability to construct essay arguments using evidence from the appropriate disciplines

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

·         Introduction to World History

·         Introduction to Comparative Politics

·         Introduction to International Relations

·         World Film History

·         World Literature

·         Selected Topics in Social Science Research

·         Integrative Capstone

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Application requirements:

First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

First-year student applicants must submit the following:

·         Completed application for admission

·         Official high school transcripts 

·         SAT  or ACT scores

·         Essay or writing sample

·         One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. 

Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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