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International Studies

Emphasizing the interdisciplinary pursuit of comparative and/or international politics, the international studies program is designed to create the leaders of tomorrow. We allow students to tailor their programs of study to focus on such topics as foreign policy, global economic or environmental studies, or international conflict and cooperation.

What to Expect

As an international studies major, you will gain an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and the quality of citizenship in the world. You will benefit from outstanding faculty members and challenging coursework that will help you develop critical learning skills, especially as related to the study of politics.

You will be able to focus on one or two fields within international studies, such as international security, international economics, U.S. foreign policy, global environmental politics, international human rights, Latin American studies, European studies, African studies, Asian studies and international development. You will also complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. with a major in international studies

The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences is the only full-service department of political science in the state of South Carolina. It is an intellectual community committed to the advancement of theoretical and practice knowledge about politics through the conduct and dissemination of research and through teaching within and beyond the classroom.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a major in international studies:

  • Controversies in the Politics of Global Regions
  • Controversies in World Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics

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Graduate Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts in International Studies. The college also offers a Ph.D. in political science.

M  M.A. in International Studies 

Graduate Director: Timothy Peterson, 803-777-2676,
Program Contact: Debby Tiemeyer, 803-777-2675,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

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