International Studies

Bachelor of Arts, World and Classical Languages and Cultures

A globe on a table

See program requirements, course sequences and more in the Course Catalog.

Program Mission

The mission of the International Studies Program is to develop proficient communicators in the world language of study. Learners will also be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the cultures, literatures, and structure of the language of study, and make connections between disciplines through interdisciplinary study.

The interdisciplinary International Studies major, housed in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, allows students to combine the in-depth study of global issues, with intermediate proficiency in a second language, and a concentration in another discipline with an international focus such as his- tory, economics, political science, or sociology. Students choosing to major in International Studies are strongly encouraged to complete an additional major. The major requires students to study abroad for a semester or summer in the second language of study. The Florence program does not fulfill the study abroad requirement.

Degree Objectives

  • Learn fundamental skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading of
    another language
  • Develop the ability to communicate on various levels in the target language
  • Gain an appreciation of the literature written in that language
  • Convey a knowledge and understanding of a different language, people and culture and to give them a method of viewing the world with a broader perspective


Julie Sellers, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
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Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Foreign Language, Spanish, and International Studies
  • Minors in French, Spanish, Foreign Language,  and International Studies