International Studies

The International Studies major, an interdisciplinary program of the College of Letters and Science, offers students an opportunity to focus their studies on international politics and world affairs; international economics and development; or world languages and cultures.

Through coursework in history, political science, economics, and foreign languages, students gain a deeper understanding of the international system, its institutions and actors. Optional internships and study abroad further enhance students’ international learning and provide insights into future career paths.

Requirements for the Major/Minor

Students electing to IS Major Curriculum 04-10-2017 have three options from which to choose:

  • Option A: International Politics and World Affairs
  • Option B: International Economics and Development
  • Option C: World Languages and Cultures

The course requirements for International Studies include 14 credits in one foreign language or equivalent.

The IS Minor Curriculum 4-10-2018 is open to all UWM undergraduates and can be paired with any major or degree program (with the exception of a Global Studies major or minor).

Career Outcomes for Graduates

International Studies alumni can be found working locally and around the world in a wide array of career fields. Some examples include:

  • Disability Specialist, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • New Business Development Specialist, Brady Corp., Milwaukee
  • Senior Coordinator, Educational Partnerships and Study Away, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles
  • Associate Manager, Supplier Strategy & Investment, Mark Travel, Milwaukee
  • Consultant, International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Argentina
  • English Teacher, Dayelin English School, Korea
  • ESL Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Milwaukee
  • Development and Volunteer Coordinator, Olancho Aid Foundation, Juticalpa, Honduras

Alumni are also well prepared to enter graduate programs, and typically enroll in programs such as international affairs, economics, intercultural communication, international education, law, and peace studies.


While not required for International Studies majors, internships provide practical and applied work experience toward future careers and valuable networking connections for students.  To encourage internships, CIE has compiled a list of possible internship sites for students to investigate.  Please see your advisor about completing an internship for credit.


Call +1 414-229-4846 to make an appointment with an International Studies Advisor.

If you would like to declare a Major or Minor in International Studies, click here.