In a world where the forces of politics, commerce, culture,
and technology are multifaceted and interconnected, the International Studies (INTS)
major provides students with a much-needed global perspective. INTS is an
interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that prepares students for international
careers and graduate study. The INTS major offers students a deep understanding
of complex international issues and the underlying drivers that are shaping our
world. Employers seek the qualities of INTS graduates: historical knowledge,
research ability, cross-cultural competence, teamwork and leadership experience,
and the ability to analyze, model, and solve real-world problems. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), International Studies graduates earn higher starting salaries than any other social science major, except Economics. The INTS major
provides students the methodological tools necessary to analyze various regions
of the world and global issues from different academic disciplines. Students
take courses from departments including Anthropology, Business, Communication, Economics,
Geography, History, Modern Languages, Political Science, and Religious Studies,
among others. This combination of coursework, flexibility, and customization
provides INTS majors a distinctive and valuable degree for today’s world.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International
Studies might provide you immense riches, a career as a globetrotting
executive, or happiness. With hard work and luck, these things may come to you,
but they are not guaranteed. However, CU Denver can guarantee that if you
deeply invest yourself in the INTS program—if you devote considerable time and
energy to learning and engagement—you will obtain the ability to:
View the World From
Multiple Perspectives, Not Just One
A degree in International Studies provides you a unique
combination of cross-disciplinary perspectives that sum up to a viewpoint greater,
more interesting, and more useful than any particular major. For example, take
Economics and Communication, both of which contribute courses to the INTS program:
Economic analyses of trade tell us something different about global brands than
analyses of the human stories that global brands communicate to audiences. Why
is Disney’s largest retail store located in China, but no Chinese brands are
among the top 100 in the world? These are the types of complex questions that
INTS graduates are uniquely able to answer.
See Connections Among
Events, Places, and People that Others Don’t See
INTS graduates see events and people in ways that other
majors do not because the program is devoted to identifying the unseen connections
among phenomena. INTS graduates understand that financial flows are
underwritten by the meaning of goods and services constructed in communication
and culture. Cultures, in turn, are shaped by geography and history. INTS
graduates are trained to see interconnections, bringing a unique depth and
breadth to their analyses of events, places, and people.
Idealism into Concrete Action in the World
INTS graduates gain knowledge, skills, and abilities to not
only understand the world, but also improve it. The program stresses concrete,
practical experience through travel study, internships, and various types of
applied learning in the classroom. Through working with classmates and
community partners, students can have an immediate impact in the word.
Build an Identity and
a Network of Lifelong Friends Who Share Your Passion
In the process of earning your degree, you will build an
identity as an International Studies student—an identity shared by thousands of
students enrolled in similar academic programs around the world. At CU Denver,
you will take classes with a cohort of students, some of whom will become
lifelong friends and form the core of your future professional network. This
cohort, composed of students from many countries and every walk of life, will
share your passion for a wide and deep understanding of international issues.
This unique combination of abilities provides INTS graduates
with diverse opportunities for international work and graduate studies. To
learn more, schedule a time to speak with the Director or any INTS-affiliated
What Students Say
"The International Studies program has exceeded my expectations. It has verified a lot of my theories while completely crushing other ones. It has honed my research skills, challenged my political views and provided me with the necessary balance of realism and idealism that we need to truly make a positive impact on this world. Each class I have taken builds on the last, regardless of the order in which you choose to take them, putting another piece of a very complex puzzle together. No matter what your career goals are, the classes that are a part of the International Studies program will give you tremendous insight, and benefit you both professionally and personally."
-- Maya Knight, BA student, International Studies
Interacting with Local Leaders
Dr. Windham Loopesko's INTS 1111 class attended a presentation offered by World Denver at the University Club on October 12, 2016. And look who showed up… Gov. Hickenlooper! The Governor spoke with the students, giving them his take on international issues.
INTS 1111, “Today’s Globalized World – Are You Ready?” is an interdisciplinary course that examines the current and future global situation and some of the forces shaping it. Over the semester, students consider globalization and the technological, political, economic and social forces shaping the world. Students also consider a number of issues facing the world in 2016 and beyond – the threatened environment, the emerging middle class, Islam and the West, the rise of China, the information age and the 21st century workplace. The course is part of the First Year Seminar program.