International Studies & Diplomacy Program



The International Studies and Diplomacy program is an interdependent, dual major program leading to a B.A. in International Studies (33 credits) and a B.A. French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic or Japanese (Global Language & Area Studies) language (30 credits). The program is designed to provide essential knowledge and skills in international politics, economics, cultures, and language. Graduates are prepared for careers in foreign service, diplomacy, international non-governmental organizations, and other international careers.

Great Wall of China

Photo by Emily Hadfield ’19

Program Tracks

  • B.A. (Semester or Year-long Study Abroad)
  • B.A. + M.A.: An accelerated Five-Year B.A./M.A. program leading to a Master’s degree in International Relations

Study Abroad

Study abroad at an approved international institutional setting is a requirement for the ISD program. These abroad experiences will be language-learning focused but ISD students might also participate in international internships and direct exchange courses in substantive areas such as economics or political science.

Accelerated B.A. to M.A. (ABM) Option

Graduate degrees are often required for many Foreign Service jobs. ISD students may apply for the Accelerated B.A. to M.A. (ABM) Program in their junior year. Students in this ABM Program will receive the B.A. in their language and International Studies as well as an M.A. in International Relations. M.A. concentrations include: Diplomacy, International Development, and Global Peace Studies.