International Studies Program

Luther international studies graduates understand world systems and international issues.

While pursuing international studies, you’ll:

  • Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of global systems
  • Demonstrate depth of specialized knowledge in a chosen area of interest (by region or study track)
  • Become familiar with the methodology of several disciplines within the course of study and the ability to apply different frameworks of analysis to examine international issues
  • Engage in experiential learning in the form of study abroad and/or internship experiences
  • Hone important academic skills in research, writing, and oral communication of ideas

Learn more about the international studies major/minor

Study Tracks

One way to major in international studies at Luther is through selecting a geographical region of interest. Students who select this track take courses from each of three categories 1) history, social science and science; 2) language; and 3) culture. Students on this track are required to study abroad in their region of choice. Approved geographic regions are listed below.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South and East Asia
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Middle East and Northern Africa
  • Europe

For more information about requirements for the regional focus track, visit the course catalog.

Students who select a thematic track complete one semester of foreign language above the college’s requirement and three courses that are approved by faculty. These tracks give students the option to create their own track in consultation with faculty.

This track is for students seeking to understand change in developing countries. They take courses that explain political and economic development and their impact in the world. Students develop an understanding of the relationship between globalization, capitalism, and development. Majors leave Luther with a toolkit necessary to tackle issues related to political, social, and/or economic development.

For more information about requirements for the international studies major, visit the course catalog.

Career Fields

  • International business
  • International teaching
  • International organizations
  • Development agencies
  • Governmental work
  • Graduate studies
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