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Program Type: Undergraduate

Degree Awarded: B.A. in International Studies Select the degree to view its requirements and four-year plan.

Department: Political Science, Criminal Justice & Organizational Leadership

With the global marketplace, there is more call for individuals with knowledge of the world.  Students majoring in International Studies will explore various aspects of international relations, law, governmental and non-governmental organizations, sustainability, and policymaking. Students will explore various world cultures to prepare for careers in international business, law, journalism, government, politics, and Foreign Service.

Program Contacts

Dr. Ed Kwon

Students in the Spotlight

Kassi Bourne

Kassi Bourne

Graduating Year: 2016

Education: International Studies, Japanese Minor

Career: Cybersecurity and Intelligence


Necessary job skills: Fluent in Japanese, critical thinking, research skills.

Career path: After graduating from NKU, Kassi obtained a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. She specialized in the region of Asia, foreign policy and global negotiation and conflict management.

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Study Abroad: Students are encouraged to complete study abroad courses toward the International Studies major or minor. The Academic Exchange Program gives NKU students an opportunity to study in 12 foreign countries.
  • Research with Faculty: Our faculty are active researchers who regularly engage students in a partnership of research and other scholarly endeavors. Students frequently present their research findings at the Celebration of Student Research and at Posters at the Capital. Our faculty regularly mentor Honors students through their thesis projects. 
  • Career Explorations: Our students explore careers in and out of the classroom. You’ll do everything from hearing from working professionals in various careers to participating in experiential learning through the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project, where you decide which local social justice nonprofits receive funding and connect what you are learning in the classroom with what is occurring in the community.


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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.