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We transcend national boundaries.

The issues facing us today are increasingly global in nature. The context in which we lead our professional and personal lives is steadily becoming more multicultural and global in scope, demanding new levels of international knowledge - knowledge beyond just geography, a few phrases of a foreign language, and a guide book. We must be able to collaborate effectively with people from other parts of the world to seek solutions to problems that transcend national boundaries.

International Studies is a multidisciplinary major designed to provide you with the international perspective and skills you will need to solve these problems throughout a successful career in education, government, international business, law, national and homeland security, humanitarian relief, or social entrepreneurship.  The intense and demanding International Studies curriculum will provide you with the multitude of disciplinary perspectives needed to become successful problem solver in today's complex world. The curriculum includes a core of required courses, a concentration, a foreign language requirement, a research methods course, and a senior capstone seminar. The experiential component may be satisfied through study abroad, internship, language immersion, service, or work experience.

The curriculum takes you outside the classroom as well. All International Studies students are required to participate in study abroad or international internship programs to deepen their language proficiency and experience into other cultures. The University of Dayton sponsors study abroad programs throughout the world, from Santiago to St. Petersburg, Bangalore India to Guatemala, Morocco to Zambia, Shanghai and Nanjing. Students may also participate in accredited study abroad programs run by other colleges and universities and transfer credits with appropriate approval.

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Our programs are tailored to a broad variety of international issues.

The International Studies Program is a multidisciplinary major designed to meet the needs of students interested in discovering their place in the world. The curriculum for international studies students includes courses in anthropology, economics, history, comparative politics, philosophy, social justice, and foreign language study. The major's thematic and area concentrations provide an opportunity to explore relevant complex issues affecting everyone across the globe today.

Updated programs starting with the 2014-15 academic year.

View or download the latest program requirements (pdf) >>

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We provide a foundation. You decide where you want your education to take you.

The International Studies Program at the University of Dayton provides a broad educational foundation for a variety of careers. Graduates of our program are employed today by government agencies, humanitarian and human rights organizations, multi-national corporations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and law firms. They are educators, lawyers, social workers, policy analysts and soldiers, systems analysts and salespersons. They live and work throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

Read more about our most recent graduates from the "Where are We?" link in the For More Information block on this page.

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Be engaged.

Our students are encouraged to enrich their university experience with a variety of research, service and other learning experiences offered by the program and other University offices.


Students frequently find that their enthusiasm for and willingness to commit to service to others creates an interesting dilemma - how to decide among the dozens of opportunities provided by multiple sources on campus. Students can take classes which include service components and, in some cases, receive additional academic credit for service. Opportunities also exist for involvement in service work when classes are not in session. Groups of students have spent their spring break working in Appalachia and locations in Central America and the Caribbean. A long list of service opportunities in the Dayton area helps students feel they are part of a small, cohesive campus which cares about the larger community. An important component of service is reflecting on the experience with the assistance of a faculty member, campus ministers and other students.

Study Abroad

The Center for International Programs offers many opportunities for global learning. Through their programs, you can learn the crucial difference between a traveler and a tourist, and add the title of global citizen to your list of personal descriptions.

Learn more about these and other opportunities from the links at right.

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We are here for you.

Get to know the faculty and staff who teach and administer for the International Studies Program.

Meet our faculty and staff >>

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Our faculty are dedicated to scholarship.

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.

How can we help you?

Please contact us for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

International Studies Program
University of Dayton, Humanities Center 123
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469+1511
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