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International Studies


Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to excel in today’s increasingly interconnected world.

Many issues or problems that have been regarded as primarily domestic can no longer be understood or resolved without considering their international or comparative contexts. This is your chance to explore those factors in depth.

You’ll discuss topics of international significance as you take courses in history, politics, economics and sociology, while also learning a non-English language. We'll invite you to use a range of perspectives as you examine the contrasting patterns of change in different parts of the world and the dramatic trends of increased interdependence among nations.

Along the way, you can gain hands-on international experience in one of our many study abroad programs. You’ll also explore your interests in an independent research and analysis project.

Your experiences will prepare you to engage with the international community in careers such as journalism, dispute resolution, foreign service, education, government, international business and community development. The major also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in international affairs, law, public policy, management and urban/regional planning.

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Featured Alumni

International Studies

Irving Corzo ’14, MBA ’17

  • In 2022, he became SEO manager for Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service
  • Started career at Merkle in Bend, where he grew to oversee a search optimization program for companies with a gross value of more than $1.5 billion in revenue
  • Credits the PACE program for developing his understanding of SEO strategies and presentation
International Studies

Kimberley Cole '02

  • Cole has worked in 22 countries
  • Serves the U.S. Agency for International Development as a health development officer and senior technical advisor
  • Earned several degrees, including an M.P.H. in Global Health and the Peace Corps Master’s International Program
International Studies

Brook Stearns Lawson '99

  • Carson Undergraduate Research Grant at Willamette led her to Senegal and prompted her 20-plus-year career in international development
  • Now a senior conflict and crime advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Africa Bureau
  • Found crucial support in the Student Academic Grants and Awards office
Willamette University

International Studies

Willamette University
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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.