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Bachelor in International Studies

About this program

Bachelor in International Studies

As an international studies major at HLS, you’ll get the best of both worlds—a broad, interdisciplinary approach to global and international issues, as well as the opportunity to select both a thematic concentration and a regional focus.

You’ll learn from the best professors in the field, immerse yourself in another culture during your overseas study experience, and conduct meaningful research in a capstone project—all while setting yourself up for a career in any number of global contexts.

Admission requirements

The HLS admission committee will consider the following criteria for Direct Admission.

  • High school academic performance (e.g., grades, breadth, and depth of coursework, intellectual curiosity)
  • Test scores (for those who choose to have their test scores considered)
  • Community service, leadership, work, and life experiences
  • Interest in global learning and engagement, world cultures, or foreign language(s)

For more specific admissions requirements, please contact the institute.


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Scholarships & funding

Scholarship opportunities for globally-minded students

Hamilton Lugar School students have access to a number of school-funded scholarships designed to support everything from tuition to overseas studies.

Program delivery

Three Degree tracks

You can choose to pursue either a BA in International Law and Institutions or BA or BS in International Studies. All degrees cover a broad range of social, political, cultural, and economic global issues and include overseas study.

BA, International Law and Institutions

Students pursuing the BA in International Law and Institutions study a variety of topics, including the efforts to regulate the conduct of war, develop human rights doctrines, respond to migration, define and protect the global commons, and regulate international investments, trade, and development.An in-depth understanding of international law and institutions will help students appreciate the dynamic nature of international relationships, which are adjusting as notions of state sovereignty evolve and as non-state actors play significant roles.

Students will develop practical and intellectual skills to prepare them for careers in international fields. In particular, they will sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills in relation to the study of international law; they will also develop the cultural and regional expertise that is the hallmark of graduates from the Department of International Studies.

BA and BS, International Studies

Concentrations, among the concentrations for both the BA and BS, are: 

  • Diplomacy, Security, Governance
  • Global Development
  • Global Health and Environment
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Culture and Politics

You will also select a regional focus in order to take a deep dive into one area of the world. A region may be defined geographically, linguistically, religiously, or ethnically. Examples include Western Europe, Spanish-speaking countries, the Muslim world, and the African diaspora.

How do the International Studies BA and BS differ?

The International Studies BS includes economics courses and a statistics course, and is built for students with an aptitude for (and interest in) quantitative reasoning.

Integrated BA/MA program

Are you an International Studies major who plans to continue your education and pursue a master’s degree in the field? We offer a joint BA/MA program that allows you to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in International Studies concurrently. Current majors are eligible to apply during the second semester of their sophomore year.

A world of experiences beyond the classroom

One distinctive feature of the International Studies major is the overseas study component—and we offer programs in more than 50 countries.

Rather than simply reading about other places, you’ll experience firsthand the language and culture of the region you’re focusing on as part of your degree—and come back with a different perspective on the world.

Tuition

For information on tuition fees, please contact the institute.

Career paths

Fully prepared for what comes next

With a major in International Studies, your career possibilities are endless. You could work for an NGO or in the foreign service, for a think tank, or a political action committee.

Our career advisors will help you navigate internship and job opportunities, and our alumni groups in major U.S. cities created the Mentor-to-Mentor program to connect new graduates with HLS alumni working in top fields.

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Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies - Indiana University

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies is a leading international affairs school, located at Indiana University. As a student, you will prepare to make an impact on the most pressing global issues we face today. The Hamilton...


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Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies - Indiana University

355 North Jordan Ave
47404 Bloomington Indiana
United States

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