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International Studies, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Interested in joining the government sector, working for international organizations or learning about politics on a global scale? Choose international studies and tailor the program to your career goals.

Prepare for numerous employment paths in industry and government, or lay an excellent foundation for law school, doctoral programs and other postgraduate education. In addition to taking a wide range of courses, you'll have opportunities for internships and independent research with faculty to gain a deep understanding of international politics.

Program Highlights

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    Real Experiences

    Get work experience in government or a related field while earning course credit through an internship with support from the department.

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    In-demand Skills

    Learn to communicate effectively about complex ideas and gain understanding of a wide variety perspectives.

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    Tailor your course of study to your specific interest, from politics and international relations to public administration and more.

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    Career Options

    Our graduates have gone on to work in government, nonprofit organizations, international diplomacy, law and more.

What You’ll Study

Gain proficiency in critical thinking, writing and the analysis of politics and theories of international studies. Specialize in an area that interests you with our flexible course requirements. For an edge in pursuing future graduate studies, our intensive major offers additional coursework and a research project culminating in a senior thesis.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Diplomacy

    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

  • Evaluate Policies

    Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Administrator
  • Coordinator
  • Representative
  • Lawyer

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Military
  • Nonprofits
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law

As a political science major, I could think of no better place to pursue my education than in the city of Columbia – the heart of politics in South Carolina. With less than a five-minute walk from campus to key government buildings, a hands-on opportunity in the political arena is not hard to find!

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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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