Online Bachelor’s in International Studies Program Guide

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Earning a Maryville University online bachelor’s in international studies allows you to develop a global perspective that can take you far in any field. It combines courses in international and global issues with world art, culture, history, politics, economics, and more.

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Apply with no application fee and no SAT/ACT required.

Access 100% online coursework that helps you develop broad global insights from cross-cultural studies in a variety of subjects.

Make connections through a study abroad or virtual study abroad experience, or participate in an internationally focused internship.


Maryville’s online Bachelor of Arts in International Studies program comprises 128 credit hours and includes coursework in general education, the international studies major, and electives. International studies major courses are designed to help you develop a comprehensive worldview as you explore topics in global culture, history, economics, politics, art, music, and literature — then apply your knowledge during a study abroad or internship experience.

Required International Studies Major Courses

  • INTL 101: Introduction to International and Global Studies
  • INTL 350: International and Global Issue
  • INTL 498: International Studies Capstone
  • INTL 498: International Studies Capstone
  • ENGL 499: Internship

World Art/Music (choose one):

  • ADAH 100: World Arts and Ideas I
  • ADAH 150: World Arts and Ideas II
  • MUS 316: World Music

World Literature (choose one):

  • ENGL 357: World Literature I: The Dawn of Story
  • REL 465: World Literature II: The Modern Mind

World Culture (choose one):

  • HUM 204: Intercultural Studies
  • REL 465: Comparative Religion & Culture

World History (choose one):

  • HIST 131: World History to 1500
  • HIST 132: World History since 1500

World Economics (choose one):

  • ECON 203: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 203: Principles of Economics

World Politics (choose one):

  • PSCI 102: Introduction to World Politics
  • PSCI 308: Comparative Politics

World Language (12 credits)

Complete four courses in any one foreign language.

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands.

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Admission requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA for freshman applicants: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Minimum GPA for college or university transfer applicants: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Official high school transcript (required for applicants with fewer than 60 transfer hours from a regionally accredited school)
  • Eligible transfer credits accepted; associate degree completion may satisfy general education requirements
  • No standardized tests required

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission.

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Top 4 skills you can develop:

  • Cross-cultural skills
  • Leadership
  • Understanding of current global issues
  • Knowledge of international politics, social policy, and culture

Top 4 careers you can pursue:

  • Foreign service officer
  • International trade specialist
  • Political analyst
  • Market researcher

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