Online Bachelor's in International Studies

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Build a global perspective.

Broaden your career prospects.

The professional world has gone global. No matter where you go in your career, you stand to face both challenges and opportunities associated with increasingly interconnected societies. So your interest in world culture can become highly valuable to many different organizations in almost every industry.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Maryville allows you to build a personalized degree to develop broad, cross-cultural skills. And by examining culture up close, you can form deep global insights that can help take your career anywhere you want it to go.

Our online international studies degree is designed to help transform the way you think about the world, including the opportunity to learn a foreign language and a chance to study abroad in your preferred location or complete a virtual study abroad experience from anywhere. Your online international studies degree can serve as your chance to reset your perspective and add new value to your career by developing knowledge that wraps around the globe.

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Program Start Date: 01-15-24

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Careers for those with a bachelor’s in international studies include:

  • Consultant
  • Legislator
  • Foreign services officer
  • Export sales manager
  • Management analyst



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Why choose our bachelor’s in international studies?

When you pursue your online B.A. in International Studies, you can become a valuable resource in any field, because you’ll learn to apply vast knowledge that spans global culture, history, and politics.

Here’s what you can expect with our program:

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Today’s global economy has increased the demand for workers who are well-versed in subjects like diplomacy, trade, politics, and international markets. One way to gain this knowledge is by earning an online degree in international studies. This degree can help you prepare for rewarding careers in diverse fields like journalism, business, law, government, and international aid.

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.

Sample Coursework

Introduction to International and Global Studies. By examining history, literature, politics, economics, and societies from around the world, this course gives an overview of the interdisciplinary character of international studies.

Intercultural Studies. Evaluating and interpreting current affairs with open-mindedness requires an understanding of the different cultures influencing issues throughout our global society.

World Politics. This course lays the foundation for your understanding of the global political situation. In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about subjects like world geography, characteristics of the global system of states in anarchy, causes of war, international treaties, and foreign policy.

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Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success.

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