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International Studies, Political Science or History Emphasis, B.A.

As an international studies major at Whitworth, you will develop a global perspective that is vital in our increasingly interconnected world. Through studying history, political science and more, you will grow to understand and appreciate the rich history and culture of other peoples as well as how they impact international interactions today. Whitworth offers international studies majors through both the political science and history departments, so you will choose one of those disciplines as your emphasis.

Why major in international studies at Whitworth?

  • Explore the world with your professors or independently through Whitworth's many study-abroad opportunities.
  • Study a variety of subjects and delve deeper into topics that interest you. Political science, history, sociology, world languages & cultures, business and other subjects can all enhance your understanding of the contemporary international context.
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your learning. Studying other cultures provides a unique way to reflect on your own faith and values. Often, learning about others' beliefs will help you form a better sense of what you think and believe.
  • Gain proficiency in another language. The major's world language requirement will prepare you to engage fluently with non-English speakers in a country of interest.
  • Build transferable skills that are valuable in many career fields. Learn to think critically, conduct research, communicate clearly and listen well.
  • Learn from professors who are dedicated to rigorous academic inquiry and to their students. Your professors will challenge you to grow academically and personally.
  • Take advantage of teaching assistantships, which are especially beneficial if you plan to pursue graduate school.
  • Discover career options through courses such as Vocations in Political Science or Becoming a Historian.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our international studies grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our grads are prepared for a wide array of careers, both domestic and international. The major focuses on building students' capacities to work in careers in government and politics, nonprofit organizations, law, teaching, the military, research and peacemaking, and for work in related fields such as business or ministry/missions, all with an international emphasis.

Recent job placements include:

  • Alexander Archuleta, research associate, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.
  • Dana LeRoy, team manager, International Service Learning, Spokane
  • Aubrey Beard, disaster workforce engagement manager, American Red Cross, Portland, Ore.
  • Andrew Wheeler, education volunteer, Peace Corps, Kyrgyzstan
  • Stephen Eyman, program manager, WISE (Washington Initiative for Supported Employment), Spokane
  • Kristina Grossman, international program coordinator, Operation Smile, Virginia Beach, Va.

Our recent international studies grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Georgetown University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Colorado School of Law

Pack your bags!

There's no better way to learn about the world than to study abroad. In fact, studying abroad is a requirement for students majoring in international studies with a political science emphasis.

Whitworth offers numerous opportunities, both through faculty-led programs and independent exchange programs. Recent destinations of programs led by political science or history faculty include South Africa, China, Tanzania and the British Isles.

Ask our faculty

Associate Professor Hershey

Associate Professor of Political Science Megan Hershey's areas of expertise include African politics, comparative politics and international development.

Patrick Van Inwegen

Ask Associate Professor Van Inwegen

Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen specializes in Asian politics, international relations, nonviolent defense and conflict resolution, and environment and society.

Anthony Clark

Ask Associate Professor Clark

Associate Professor of History Anthony Clark's expertise is in late-imperial China.

Ask Professor Slack

Professor of History Corliss Slack specializes in European and medieval history and archival research.

Ask Professor Stronks

Professor of Political Science Julia Stronks specializes in international law.

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