Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Hanover College
4 years
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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

About this program

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

As an international studies student, you'll become a confident, competent global citizen who is prepared to take an active role in the growing global community.

With their extensive international experience, Hanover's multilingual faculty has helped students understand the complexities of international interdependence and has produced two Fulbright scholars. International studies majors have interned with the United Nations in New York City, with foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. and with the Inter-Paliamentary Union in Geneva.

Maybe you'll travel to Brussels to learn about the economics of the European Union or to Africa to understand African politics and societies. Certainly, you'll broaden your perspective on the cultural, economic and political issues that are keys to success in today's world.

Admission requirements

As a selective liberal arts college, Hanover is looking for those students who have completed a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have completed the following high school courses:

  • Four years of English (literature and composition)
  • At least two years of foreign language
  • At least two years of mathematics, including Algebra II

The following courses are recommended as part of a well-rounded college-preparatory curriculum:

  • At least three years of laboratory science
  • At least three years of social studies
  • At least one year of fine or performing arts

Students who have taken AP, IB and dual-credit courses may be eligible for Hanover College credits.Hanover College has adopted a test-optional admission policy. If you choose to submit test scores as part of your application, there is no preference for either the SAT or ACT. Hanover College's school code for the SAT is ""1290"" and our ACT code is ""1200"". For international applicants, the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT-I score minimums must be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Followed by a geographical area course at the 200-level or higher (**):
    • Native North American Cultures**
    • Middle East: Peoples and Cultures**
    • North and East Africa: Peoples and Cultures**
    • South and East Africa: Peoples and Cultures**
  • Other courses that satisfy the five other courses requirement:
    • World Ethnographies
    • Immigration and Transnationalism
    • Special Topics
    • World of Islam
    • Comparative Spiritual Traditions
    • Food, Body, and Culture
    • Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
    • Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • Theory in Anthropology


  • ECO 114 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Followed by one of the following:
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • Economics of the European Union (in Belgium)
    • Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (113, 114, or 161 prerequisite)
    • Special Topics
    • International Trade and Finance
    • Economic Development (113 or 114 prerequisite)
    • Special Topics


Introductory Courses

  • Modern Politics II: East Asia
  • The West: Ancient to Medieval
  • The West: Renaissance to 1800
  • The West: 1800 to the Present

American History

  • The Search for Order, 1877-1945
  • Modern America, 1945-Present

European History

  • The Soviet Union
  • Studies in Modern Europe
  • The Holocaust
  • Nazi Germany
  • Britain in the Age of Empire

Advanced Courses in Asian, Latin American, and World History

  • The World Outside the West, 1500-Present
  • The World Since 1945
  • History of China
  • History of Japan
  • History of Modern Science
  • The Renaissance
  • Modern China
  • History of the Middle East

Interdisciplinary Courses Satisfying the Five Other Courses Category

  • Africa and the Americas I: Society and Literature in Africa
  • Africa and the Americas II: Society and Literature in the Americas
  • Eurasia: Modern Societies from 1600 to 1850
  • Eurasia: Modern Societies from 1850 to present
  • Modern Africa I
  • Modern Africa II

Modern Language Courses Satisfying the Five Other Courses Category

  • Francophone Multiculturalism
  • Off-Campus French Conversation in Contemporary Context
  • French Civilization and Culture Before 1900
  • Contemporary French Business and Culture
  • Studies in French Literature and Culture
  • Studies in Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • The Great German Dynasties
  • Off-Campus German Conversation in Contemporary Context
  • German Culture and Civilization
  • Studies in German Literature and Culture
  • German History from the Beginnings to World War I
  • German History, 1945-Present
  • Latin American Cinema
  • Spanish Conversation and Culture
  • Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • Spanish American Culture and Civilization
  • Film and the Spanish Speaking World
  • The Development of Spanish-American Literature
  • Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • The Clash of Cultures

Natural Science Courses Satisfying the Five Other Courses Category

  • GEO 165 Global Environmental Change

Political Science

  • World Politics (Required)
  • Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Latin American Politics
  • European Politics
  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Politics and Society in Contemporary Asia
  • Women in the Developing World
  • International Law & Organization
  • International Political Economy
  • Field Study of the United Nations

Research Methods Courses Satisfying the Five Other Courses Category

One of the following:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Research Methods in Anthropology
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • Historical Research

Scholarships & funding

Hanover College invests heavily in the future success of our students by offering a robust financial aid program. We offer a combination of merit and need-based aid to international students, known as the HAQ Scholarship, annually renewed and applied to tuition only. Admitted International students are offered a guaranteed minimum HAQ scholarship based on GPA. GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 scale. GPAs may be manually calculated if your transcripts are not currently on a 4.0 scale basis. The NCAA guidelines are used for these calculations.

  • 1827 Scholarship: $28,000, for admitted students with 4.0 and above in weighted GPA
  • Bicentennial Scholarship: $26,000, for admitted students with 3.75-3.99 in weighted GPA
  • Founder's Scholarship: $24,000, for admitted students with 3.5-3.74 in weighted GPA
  • Presidential Scholarship: $23,000, for admitted students with 3.25-3.49 in weighted GPA
  • Trustee Scholarship: $22,000, for admitted students with 3.0-3.24 in weighted GPA
  • Dean's Scholarship: $20,000, for admitted students with 2.99 and below in weighted GPA

In addition to this investment in our students, Hanover also offers a four-year graduation guarantee to all students, promising students will graduate in four years (eight semesters), or tuition for a fifth year is free.

As noted, The Princeton Review named Hanover College one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” private colleges, along with Princeton, Dartmouth, Duke and Stanford. Hanover College was chosen for our excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs of attendance.


Tuition fee for the course is $58,544 per academic year, including estimated book and insurance costs. Visit the university's website for more information.


With international studies, you'll build the skills needed to make professional contributions in positions that require sensitivity and expertise in areas of international relations. You'll develop:

  • A historical grasp of the formation of our contemporary world
  • A heightened sensitivity to cross-cultural differences
  • An understanding of the basics of international social, political and economic relations
  • Independent thought and action
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Practical knowledge of research design, implementation and analysis
  • Competence in at least one language other than English

Career paths

International studies students develop skills to pursue careers such as:

  • International political scientist
  • International economist
  • International historian
  • Foreign service officer
  • International trade or business specialist
  • Applied anthropologist
  • Special international legislative or congressional aide
  • Journalist

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Hanover College

Hanover College is small, private college located in Hanover, Indiana. Established in 1827 as Indiana’s first private college, Hanover has a longstanding history within the state and recognition for Alumni success. With about 1,100 undergraduate students, over 600 acres of...

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Why study at Hanover College

Hanover College gives students the best of all worlds. There are renowned professors at the top of their discipline, but classes small enough to get 1:1 interaction and mentoring from those professors.

We are located in a small midwestern area near one of Indiana's most historic small towns (Madison, IN), but less than an hour away from some of the largest and most touristic cities of the Midwest.

We have a one-of-a-kind naturally beautiful campus with over 600 acres of space, hiking trails, over 30 waterfalls, and endless hammocking spots. Hanover is also Indiana's first and oldest private, liberal arts, college. Hanover is also a global institution with about 18 different international partner universities and a variety of study abroad options to participate in during your 4 years here.

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517 Ball Drive
47243 Hanover IN
United States of America (USA)

Phone no: +18128667021

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