About the B.A. in International Studies Degree
Why Study International Studies at Cedarville?
Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian international studies major will equip you to think globally, critically assess various points of view, express and defend your views, and integrate your knowledge with your personal faith. You will be prepared for an international career that just might change the world!
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What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
Broad and Interdisciplinary — You’ll take courses in economics, geography, history, literature, and political science.
Intercultural Experience — As part of the program, you will complete an in-depth cross-cultural experience in a non-American culture.
Bilingual — You will complete four semesters of language training, moving you toward bilingualism by the time you graduate.
Customizable — You can tailor your program to your personal interests and career goals.
We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 96% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.
What Can You Do With International Studies?
International studies graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide range of fields that involve cross-national and cross-cultural interaction. The demand for individuals with skills such as cross-cultural communication, foreign language proficiency, international expertise, and critical analysis skills is high.
International studies graduates can pursue careers in:
- Homeland Security
- Humanitarian Organizations
- International Media
- Public History
- Relief work
Our graduates are working in diverse fields such as foreign service, law, relief agencies, military intelligence, military deployments, education, and the Peace Corps.
We also have graduates pursuing graduate degrees at places like:
- Notre Dame Law School
- University of Granada (Spain)
- George Washington University
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
Study Abroad — As part of your degree program, you will complete an in-depth cross-cultural experience in a non-American culture. Cedarville’s International Programs has several options from which to choose.
Internships — Internships give you real-world experience in what you are studying in your coursework. Out students have interned at missions agencies such as Josiah Venture, Samaritan’s Purse, and TEAM among others; at research organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute; and at the International Justice Mission.
D.C. Semester — You can join fellow students and a faculty member for a life-changing experience of learning, development, and service in a semester spent in Washington, D.C.
The Center for Political Studies provides a biblical response to political and social issues of our day.
Student Organizations — Student organizations complement your coursework with opportunities to meet and learn from like-minded students and professionals.
- Model U.N. is Cedarville University’s simulated international negotiation team. The Model U.N. team is highly decorated, having twice won the “Outstanding Delegation” award — the highest team award — at the 2019 and 2021 international competitions in New York City. Students learn how to draft working papers/resolutions, negotiate with other “world leaders,” and seek support for their assigned country’s policies.
Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take broad, interdisciplinary courses that will prepare you for careers in a diverse range of fields. Along with core international studies courses, you will take course in business, finance, literature, linguistics, foreign languages, missions, and communication.
- Global Issues
- International Relations
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
From Our Students:
Glen Duerr, Ph.D.Professor of International Studies
- HGC 119
Frank Jenista, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus of International Studies
Christine Kim, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of International Studies
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Simply the Best: Cedarville Claims Model U.N. "Most Outstanding Delegation"Cedarville University’s Model United Nations (U.N.) team achieved great success at the 2023 Model U.N. competition in New York City April 2-6.
Dominican Republic Gap Year Leads to a Passion for MissionsFor Katie Baird, a junior from Crawfordsville, Indiana, becoming a missionary felt like a daunting task. But after spending a gap year in the Dominican Republic, she discovered a passion for relational missions and a confirmed direction for her life.