International Studies

MajorMinor3YRBachelor of Arts
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Ignite Your Passion for GlobAL Affairs.

Butler’s International Studies major offers you a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons beyond traditional academic boundaries. In addition to its strong foundation in political science, this program integrates the study of economics and culture, creating a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to global affairs. What sets this program apart is its emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, which empowers students with the freedom to explore diverse fields of knowledge. Moreover, as a student in this program, you’ll benefit from hands-on experiences, giving you the tools to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world contexts.

Whether you aspire to delve deeper into international politics, economics, or cultural studies, the International Studies program provides the flexibility and resources to tailor your degree according to your interests and aspirations.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • SW 270-IS – Understanding Global Issues 
  • AN 315 – Gender and Colonialism 
  • BSHS 493 – Global Health 
  • EC 433 – International Economics 
  • IB 320 – International Business Environment 
  • JR 325 – Gender and News: Global Views 

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Three-Year Program

The International Studies major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

Learning Outcomes

Students in this program are provided opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of skills and abilities in relation to the international system and process of globalization. Students who complete this degree will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the major dimensions of globalization such as economic, political, and cultural globalization; draw connections between social issues and community and the larger national and global context for such issues.

Describe the major functions of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization.

Describe the main aspects of International Relations including the main aspects of U.S. foreign policy, colonialism, and nationalism.

Demonstrate knowledge of social scientific methods to compile and interpret data in assigned research projects or papers.

Understand the complexity of the contemporary world and demonstrate familiarity with the variety and relativity of cultures within one major world region.

Meet Your Faculty

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Ryan Daugherty
Instructor – Political Science
Political Science – LAS
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Krista Cline
Associate Professor – Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
I am Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University. Before coming to Butler, I earned a dual-title Ph.D. from Purdue University in sociology and gerontology. I then spent at year at the University of Missouri as a postdoctoral…
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Fait Muedini
Professor, International Studies
International Studies – LAS
Fait Muedini is a faculty member in the Department of International Studies at Butler University. He is also a Fellow at the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice at the Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University in…
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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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