Students in International Studies develop global perspectives and skills required for life and careers in the 21st century. The BA in International Studies provides students with core knowledge in this multidisciplinary field, enables them to choose their own coursework to learn about global themes and world cultures, and provides capstone experiences and career-development coursework to help students put their knowledge into practice.

Students work closely with an academic advisor to plan their program of study to meet their unique interests and goals. As an International Studies major, students gain important skills that are transferable to a variety of international career sectors such as education, translation/interpreting, non-profits/non-governmental organizations, business, and government.

Students can choose options concentrations in Global Business and Communication, International Human Rights and Public Service, and International Sustainable Development.

Student Responsibilities

Review the responsibilities required to become and remain eligible for the 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan.

Student Responsibilities

Des Moines Area Community College checkpoints
  • Complete at least two semesters of one world language. If possible, complete four semesters of a single world language.
  • Complete all requirements for the AA degree.
  • When transferring to Iowa, present a cumulative transfer grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher from all colleges attended.
University of Iowa Checkpoints
  • Complete the UI courses required for this major, as specified in the UI General Catalog.
  • Complete at least half of the remaining semester hours needed for your major and degree during each of your two years at Iowa. (A total of 43 semester hours is required for the international studies major and 120 semester hours for the BA degree.)

A current schedule of UI courses is available on the Iowa Student Information Service (MyUI).