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International Studies

By its very nature—complex, interconnected, change-prone, and operating across both levels of analysis and time—the academic study of international phenomena is not amenable to traditional disciplinary boundaries. In recognition of this reality, the international studies (INS) major is multi-disciplinary, with an emphasis in the core disciplines of political studies, history and economics, together with intensive training in foreign languages and research methods. Students will emerge from the program with a grasp of the major theories, methods and substantive issues pertinent to the study of international political, social and economic phenomena, and prepared to pursue careers in government, law, international non- or inter-governmental organizations, the military or academia, among others.



History, politics, foreign languages, economics, community development, and psychology faculty are all integrated into the international studies major program.


"The international studies major prepares students with the theories, methods, and languages needed to engage the world in meaningful ways."
- Dr. Cale Horne, professor of political science


International Studies Coursework

Students will encounter coursework across disciplines, including:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • International Economics
  • Terrorism


Study Abroad

Students in the international studies program will undertake an academic study abroad, typically during their junior year.


Ella Sahertian

Covenant Outcomes

"Majoring in international studies at Covenant helped me discern the part I can play in God's work in the world. Covenant's emphasis on calling and love for others have encouraged me to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University, not merely as a way of personal or career advancement, but to further equip myself to serve God and others."
- Ella Sahertian '18


Recent Student Internships

  • US Mission to the World Trade Organization
  • International Road Transport Union
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • US State Department Foreign Language School
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Zaatari Refugee Camp
  • Jordan & Sacred Road Ministries
  • Yakama Native American Reservation
  • Center for Public Justice, Washington, DC Future Career Paths
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • World Relief
  • United Way
  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs


The INS major is overseen by the International Studies Program Committee.


Program, Courses, and Requirements