Program Details

Starting Fall 2018, the Master of Arts in International Studies will be a 34 unit program completed in two years and will include areas of concentration and an internship.

Program Learning Outcomes (Fall 2018)

Students will:

  • Understand the major structural, cultural, and relational shifts that have emerged in response to globalization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with a special emphasis on non-state actors
  • identify key organizations, institutions, and global and regional norms and how they interact with sub-state forces to shape policy, advocacy, and social movements
  • develop an understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society and the political, economic, legal, environmental, social and cultural forces that are shaping contemporary global issues through the local-global connection.
  • demonstrate an ability to critically engage categories of cultural difference and diversity and evaluate their influence on a contemporary phenomenon
  • utilize mixed research methodologies, an interdisciplinary perspective, and community engagement skills to analyze key issues in international studies

Core Concentrations (Fall 2018)

Starting fall 2018 students will choose a core concentration to gain expertise in a subject area aligned with their passions and career goals, and allows them to develop closer working relationships with faculty and fellow students.

Human Rights, Governance, and Global Justice
Students will explore the meaning of justice and the best practices for enforcement while considering the relationship between local efforts to promote and protect human rights and the global institutions, entities, and processes that make up international governing systems.

Development, Sustainability, and the Environment
In this interdisciplinary concentration, students will evaluate government, agency, and practitioner programs aimed at economic growth, poverty reduction, and environmental protections. Topics include the relationship between development and environmentalism; how development impacts communities; and the ways in which local strategies, beliefs, and movements shape development.

Culture, Identities, and Social Change
Students will examine the role of culture, the meaning of identity and belong in a globalized world, and theories of social change as a way to better understand how they shape contemporary global processes. The analysis of diverse social and political movements constituted through race, class, gender, religion, and other forms of inequality teach students how to effectively address the most critical issues facing our world today.

Fall 2018 Core Concentrations

Sample Program Timeline (Fall 2018)


Successful completion of a second-semester non-English language course (equivalent to a second-semester language course at USF) is recommended for admission. By the completion of the program, students are required to show proficiency in a non-English language at intermediate level two (fourth-semester language course at USF), either through previous undergraduate coursework, by passing a language exam at USF, or by completing a fourth-semester language course.

Program taught in:
  • English

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