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International Studies

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Issues at the forefront of international policy

Prepare to engage in a global society.

The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses in the social sciences, humanities, arts, and sciences that provide students with both a firm grounding in a discipline and the flexibility to permit exploration from alternative perspectives. Many faculty members who teach courses in the program are leaders in their fields as well as in interdisciplinary studies, both as educators and researchers.

Major themes presented in this program include globalization and development, global conflicts and issues of peace and justice, cross-cultural communication, international migration, postcolonial relations between the developing and developed countries, and the link between environmental and foreign policy issues.

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Mount Mercy has countless opportunities and programs like this that encourage students to step out of their comfort zones—both in and out of the classroom.


A focused, thematic approach.

Whether you choose to major or minor in international studies, core courses introduce students to topics unique to their professional interests. Mount Mercy will also cultivate your international awareness through study abroad opportunities, service projects and International Club, where you’ll meet members of Mount Mercy’s international student population.

Mount Mercy's diverse international studies faculty are known leaders of education and research in their fields. Your one-on-one faculty adviser will help you formulate a plan of study focusing on ongoing conflicts of peace and justice and global issues like environmental and foreign policy, poverty and inequality.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in international studies

Schooling that can take you anywhere on the globe.

The International Studies major will help students prepare for careers in business and with corporations involved in international trade, government agencies (Department of State, diplomatic services, and international aid agencies), non-profit and non-government organizations (NGOs), the United Nations and human rights organizations. Students may wish to pursue their studies at the graduate level and will be prepared for a variety of disciplines, including public administration, international relations, international law, and diplomatic and area studies.

Mount Mercy graduates with a major in international studies program follow many career paths, working for:

  • Federal agencies
  • International organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Private sector firms and corporations
  • Law firms
  • Schools and Colleges