International Studies

Exploring the political, social, cultural and economic issues at the forefront of international policy, Mount Mercy University’s international studies major empowers students to begin careers domestically and abroad.

At Mount Mercy, you’ll prepare to engage in a global society. In addition to selecting a concentration in art, history, political science or sociology, you’ll develop the research, writing, presentation and analytical skills essential to career success. Our focused, thematic approach — alongside an emphasis in foreign language proficiency — readies you for a career in human rights, law, equality, immigration, legislation, foreign policy, global trade and more.

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.

You’ll further prepare to enter the working world with internship experience, a required and vital component of your degree in international studies. Internships can be done at the local, national or international levels, providing valuable work experience in government agencies, private companies and non-governmental organizations involved with international social policy planning and the global economy.

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.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts in International 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

Some graduates further their education in graduate and law schools, choosing programs like Mount Mercy’s Master of Strategic Leadership.

“I was able to network with a variety of people associated with the international community. It was not only the classes that were great for learning and application, but it was the extracurricular activities that really allowed me to use my classroom-learned skills, such as communication and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking.”

— Andrea Alexander Shandri ’07

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