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International Studies

About This Program

You want to see the world through a variety of perspectives. You’re curious about other cultures, their customs, language, and politics. Diversity is important to you --- in both your future career and in your life. International studies may be the major for you.

Why Utica College

The major in international studies enables students to build a broad and nuanced understanding of the world and how it works from a range of perspectives, including cultural, economic, and political/governmental. Taught by a distinguished faculty, UC's international studies major is an interdisciplinary program that draws on history, government and politics, human rights advocacy, language, and other fields. The program offers rich opportunities for foreign study and includes a capstone senior seminar.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions

(315) 792-3006

Jun T. Kwon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Government and Politics
(315) 223-2473

General Information


  • Major


  • B.A.


  • Utica Campus
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International Studies at Utica

Career Opportunities

The international studies program helps you lay the foundation for a rewarding career in a broad spectrum of fields, including:
    • International Political Relations
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Government
    • Education
    • And more!
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With four academic concentrations, International Studies offers rich opportunities for foreign study as well as a capstone Senior Seminar.
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Global Understanding

Build a broad and nuanced understanding of the world and how it works from a range of perspectives.

What You'll Learn

International studies majors choose from three academic concentrations:

  • Global Concentration
  • Comparative Concentration
  • Cultural Concentration

UC’s interdisciplinary approach to the study of nations, people, and culture is designed for students with interests in international political relations and economics, government, law, foreign service, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, developmental and environmental studies, language, literature, culture, and education.

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International Studies Faculty

A Degree That Works

The international studies program helps you lay the foundation for a rewarding career in a broad spectrum of fields, including international political relations, economics, law, government, education, and more.

UC international studies alumni have taken leadership positions at:

  • HSBC
  • Compass Interpreters
  • CITRIX Systems
  • New York University
  • Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
  • MacroGenics, Inc.
  • Miami Dade County, Florida
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Student Voices: Adrian Gutierrez

A brief conversation with Adrian Gutierrez, an international student from Venezuela majoring in International Studies with a concentration in economics, development, and environment, about the welcoming environment he found at Utica College.

Student Voices: Marjorie Tetteh

A conversation with international studies major Marjorie Tetteh, a student from Ghana, who talks about how she chose UC, what her program is like, and the welcoming culture she discovered here.

Student Voices: Joseph Calvin Mends

A conversation with Joseph Calvin Mends, a UC student from Ghana, about his major in international studies and his plans for the future.

Student Voices: Marie Grace Nibigira

A brief conversation with Marie Grace Nibigira, an International Studies major from Rochester who was born in Tanzania and who has a passion for protecting the rights of refugees.

Student Voices: Laura Holmes

A brief discussion with Laura Holmes, a double major in International Studies and Anthropology, on how an understanding of people and cultures allows for a better way to help others as well as how the rich diversity of the Utica area adds to the robustness of the UC anthropology program.

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