International Studies Program

Welcome to the International Studies (B.A.) degree program at UCA!

Established in 2007, the International Studies Program (Bachelor of Arts degree) at the University of Central Arkansas is intended for students who are interested in studying global topics from a variety of different perspectives.  Students may choose upper-division electives in the areas of politics, economics, finance, geography, history, sociology, philosophy, religion, literature, and languages.  There is also a foreign language component to the program.  Students are required to be proficient in at least one second language.  Students may choose to pursue either a major or a minor in International Studies.

Students who choose to major or minor in International Studies within the Department of Political Science are required to select one of three different concentrations: (1) International Politics & Diplomacy; (2) International Political Economy & Development; and (3) Regional Studies.  The concentration in International Politics & Diplomacy emphasizes the political relations and interactions among state and non-state actors in international system, as well as the behaviors of sub-national groups that operate within countries and transnational groups that operate across the borders of countries.  The concentration in International Political Economy & Development emphasizes economic-related interactions among state and non-state actors in the international system, including the role of global institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization.  Finally, the concentration in Regional Studies emphasizes the development and transformation of political, economic, social, and cultural systems within various countries and regions of the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

The International Studies Program will prepare students to enter into one of many challenging and rewarding careers in the 21st century, including careers with federal, state, and local governments; multinational corporations and other businesses; international non-governmental and local non-profit organizations; and inter-governmental organizations with offices, programs, and staff located in the U.S. and overseas.  The International Studies Program will also prepare students to enter professional programs or graduate school in a variety of disciplines, including business, law, economics, geography, history, international studies, public policy, and political science.  For students interested in international studies, foreign languages, and study abroad programs, there are a number of government- and private-funded scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other international studies-related programs.

Links to additional information:

Degree Requirements and Checklists

Concentrations and Courses

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Language/Study Abroad/Summer Programs

Graduate School (M.A. and M.S.) Programs

Graduates of the UCA International Studies (BA) Program

Careers in International Affairs (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs)

Careers and Internships in the U.S. Department of State


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the International Studies Program.

Dr. Mark Mullenbach
Director, International Studies Program
Department of Political Science
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas 72035
Phone:  501-450-5693