Majoring in International Studies

International Studies at UWSP gives students the chance to make their education global in scope, while developing intercultural knowledge and skills that enhance their employability. Whether as a standalone major, or in combination with other majors/minors, from Anthropology to Zoology, International Studies can prepare you to make your mark in an increasingly globalized world. 

As a truly interdisciplinary field, International Studies draws upon work in related disciplines, such as History, Foreign Languages, Political Science, Business, Economics, or English, and encourages students to think about international issues from a variety of perspectives. The INTL major/minor provides a superb background for anyone wishing to pursue a career in international relations or other branches of governmental work. It also provides a solid base for graduate study and for professional careers in fields with international components, including business, law, health, natural resource development, the environment, and many others.

For more information, visit the International Studies page in the UWSP course catalogue, or contact the program coordinator, Valerie Barske ( 

Many of our students also participate in semester abroad programs and international internships. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs.

The IS Major consists of 33 credits plus the foreign language requirement:

  1. Core Courses (9 Credits)

  2. Foreign Language Requirement (0-19 Credits)

    1. If your native language is English, you must complete or test out of one foreign language course beyond the fourth semester college level.

    2. Foreign students, whose native language is not English, may use English to fulfill the language requirement by completing English 102 or 150 and the UWSP writing emphasis requirement.

  3. Areas of Concentration (21 credits spread between two areas, 9 credits in each area; 15 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.)

    1. Africa and Middle Eastern Studies

    2. Asian Studies

    3. Australian, New Zealand, and Southwest Pacific Studies

    4. European Studies

    5. Latin American Studies

    6. Russian and Eastern European Studies

    7. Global Studies

  4. Senior Seminar (3 Credits)

A listing of courses and course descriptions is available at the University Catalog​.