International Studies, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you drawn to international news stories of individuals or groups overcoming incredible odds? Do you have a deep desire to see transformation in the world? Do you view the world through the lens of economics, politics, and business? If so, you should consider a degree in international studies.

After gaining a solid foundation in the fields of geography, economics, international relations, and research methods, you’ll be ready to address serious social and political issues of the world today. Whether your heart’s passion is gender equality or human rights, economics or community health, Southeast Asia or the Middle East, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from PLNU will prepare you to serve the world.

With seven concentrations to choose from, an international studies major will provide you with a broad understanding of global issues while allowing you to focus your attention on one region of the world — diving in depth into its unique politics, culture, and history. Alternatively, you can choose a peace studies concentration, which will have you considering the tough questions of today’s tumultuous political climate. 

Concentrations:

  • Peace Studies
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Russia and the Former Soviet Union
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Africa

Additionally, as an international studies major, you will spend a semester studying abroad — for the same cost as being on the PLNU campus. You can study international relations at the United Nations, Arabic in Jordan, or the culture and politics of South Africa in Johannesburg!

Student Profile

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Kristen (Aster) Johnson

As the Associate Director for Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Programs at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Washington D.C., Kristen Aster uses her PLNU education in international studies to serve refugees and displaced people throughout the country. Read more

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The political, cultural, and economic acumen you will acquire, along with foreign language and research skills, will prepare you for career fields as varied as international business, humanitarian and refugee assistance, national intelligence and security, public affairs, and even media.

PLNU international studies alumni have pursued graduate degrees in prestigious master's programs, worked for the State Department, and started their own international NGO. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in International Studies can lead to a variety of careers, including the following:

  • Domestic or International Law
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Nonprofit Organization Operations
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • International Business
  • Humanitarian and Refugee Assistance
  • Public relations
  • Intelligence

Student Profile

Kristen (Aster) Johnson Headshot

Kristen (Aster) Johnson

As the Associate Director for Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Programs at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Washington D.C., Kristen Aster uses her PLNU education in international studies to serve refugees and displaced people throughout the country. Read more