International Studies (BA)

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Why International Studies?

To succeed in an increasingly interconnected world, you need a global perspective. Having a deep understanding on other cultures and the complex relationships that exist between nations, will prepare you to lead change on an international level.

Why Study International Studies at Iona?

Our program provides an exploration of the world, which will help you develop awareness of other cultures and the skills necessary for a career in today’s global marketplace.Through extensive out-of-classroom experiences, including opportunities to study and learn in locations abroad, you will enhance your education and build your résumé.

With midtown Manhattan—one of the world’s global centers -- just 20 miles away, you will be exposed to the wider world right here at home.

You’ll graduate feeling comfortable as a citizen of the world, prepared for a wide variety of careers in some of today’s most challenging and exciting fields, such as government, public policy, diplomacy, politics, business, banking, global finance, consulting, tourism, law and many others.

What You'll Learn

You will take courses in four key areas of study: political science, history, economics and foreign language.

You’ll gain the tools to follow and assess current political and economic events and changes, and you will learn to understand their historical and cultural impact.

Through our service-learning programs, you will make a unique contribution to building global awareness, global partnerships and world peace.

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Program Highlights

Service Opportunities

The best way to understand how to change the world, is to learn about issues first-hand. During an optional spring break trip to Haiti, you will spend time serving local citizens through the St. Joseph Home for Boys, Wings of Hope, and Mother Teresa’s Home for Children in Haiti.


With New York City just 20 miles away, you will have an abundance of internship opportunities where you can apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world organizations. From government organization to media outlets, our students have landed coveted internships with:

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congress
  • Attorney General of New York
  • Governor of New York
  • USA Today
  • BBC America
  • The Jon Stewart Show

Model United Nations

Our Model United Nations organization provides students the opportunity to simulate the work of the United Nations while honing critical skills outside the classroom: research, public speaking, debating, writing, critical thinking and more!

Careers & Outcomes

Take your interdisciplinary study of the world to help shape the future politically, socially, or economically right in your backyard or on a larger platform. 

Job Titles

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Adviser
  • Legislator
  • Government Service Personnel
  • Import and Export Broker

Our Graduates Find Careers with:

Government Agencies
Non-profit Organizations
Advocacy & Social Justice Organizations
Entertainment & Media Outlets