International Studies

Are you fascinated by the politics, economies, and cultures of other nations and want to become a dynamic participant in this increasingly globalized world? As an International Studies major at the University of Central Arkansas you will study political concepts and theories of international relations and comparative politics. You will also investigate international topics, such as conflict, terrorism, development, trade, finance, law, and globalization, and gain proficiency in a foreign language (Chinese, French, German, or Spanish), which will greatly improve your ability to understand and interact on a global scale.

You even have the opportunity to concentrate your education in one of three distinct courses of study: International Politics & Diplomacy, International Political Economy & Development, or Regional Studies. International Politics & Diplomacy emphasizes the political relations and interactions between and among countries in the 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. International Political Economy & Development emphasizes the economic relations and interactions between and among countries in the international system, including the role of global institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization. Regional Studies emphasizes the development and transformation of political, economic, and cultural systems within specific regions of the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

As an International Studies major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse professional and academic credentials who are deeply dedicated to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. International Studies faculty use a variety of teaching methods including group-work, case studies, simulations, student research and presentations, and service learning opportunities. Our professors establish personal connections with their students, offering individual attention and mentoring, and access to undergraduate research opportunities, including co-authoring of faculty research and faculty mentored honors theses.
  • Student Organizations such as the International Studies Club host a number of campus activities including cultural events and lectures on international topics. Students can participate in the UCA Model United Nations organization where they volunteer their time as conference staff for the Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) annual conference for high school students and participate as delegates to the Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference held each year.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at:
  • Professional Development through a variety of undergraduate research projects, including co-authoring of faculty research and faculty mentored honors theses; service learning opportunities, in which students present their work to the organization for which they are volunteering; as well as the opportunity to participate in and present papers at the annual Arkansas Political Science Association conference, where students can learn from and network with peers, faculty, and professionals in the field. Students are also able to apply for numerous internships locally, nationally, and even overseas with government and non-profit organizations. Some of our recent internship sites have included: Winrock International, Cape Town Refugee Center in South Africa, Heifer International, Congressional Offices, the Washington Center (which places students in D.C. intern positions) and the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.
  • Employment Opportunities are as diverse as our students, with graduates entering a variety of high-demand and growing occupations with organizations such as the U.S. State Department, U.S. Defense Department, National Security Agency, United Nations, and a variety of multinational corporations or non-governmental organizations. Job placements abound as diplomats, intelligence analysts, international trade, finance, and development specialists, military officers, international lawyers, and many other positions.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the International Studies major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit