Majors & Minors

International Studies

The Southwestern International Studies program is designed for students interested in understanding other cultures and the global systems—economic, social, religious, intellectual, political, aesthetic and environmental—that influence them and, in turn, the world.


Eric Selbin

Professor & Chair



Eric Selbin

Professor & Chair

International Studies
International Studies

An increasingly global society calls for an increasingly global citizenry. As technology expands our reach, and both culture and commerce move beyond traditional barriers, the ability to understand and move comfortably through multiple cultures and societies are increasingly necessary.

International Studies students explore international issues from a broad perspective, through a variety of means: by studying a particular area of the world in depth; by acquiring an understanding of how that area fits into a global context; by using a particular major as a base from which to explore several disciplinary approaches to another culture; by learning a language used in their geographical area of emphasis; and by the experience of living in another culture while studying it.

A degree in International Studies is appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in law, government, business and international agencies, and provides a particularly valuable foundation for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences.


Featured Alumni Stories

Amy in Tainan City

Alum Teaches English in East Asia

After two years teaching English in Japan, and surviving the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Southwestern International Studies graduate goes to Tainan City, Taiwan to study Chinese.

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International Studies News

The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour Performs at Pirate Parrrty!

The award-winning band, founded by SU alumni Curtis Roush ’05 and Jackie O’Brien ’07, returns to campus for a performance hosted by FNL Presents.

Brantley Freeman ’11, BA in Accounting, Atlet Sports, high performance sports training

Start Ups

The ability to conceive, create, launch, and nurture a new venture is a monumental achievement. Thanks in part to their Southwestern Experience, these four alumni have done just that.

Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program at Southwestern

Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program Recognizes Top Achievers

Southwestern checks in with Sumner Scholars including recent grads, rising seniors and the newest class of scholars