International Studies

International Studies Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree On-campus

About International Studies

Learn to thrive and succeed in a changing, global world.

Today's world is connected in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago. Global economies, markets, cultures, political structures and religions link all nations and all cultures. The B. A. in International Studies degree program prepares you to participate in, and contribute to, a fast-paced, ever-changing world.  

For any career, a degree in international studies at California University of Pennsylvania will help you develop global awareness and readiness for success and encourage your continued intellectual growth. Cal U's bachelor's degree in international studies also strives to enhance your skills in critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, so you can move ahead as a fully skilled professional in the global community.

Gain a career advantage with Cal U's top undergraduate program in international studies.

The philosophy of the international studies program is that well-educated individuals are those who are knowledgeable in their particular specialties, as well as in the humanities and in the social and natural sciences. Developing communication skills and cross-cultural expertise is also important to ensure that you can deal positively and accurately in all diplomatic, cultural, social and business-related interchanges.

International studies students begin with an interdisciplinary course that introduces them to the broad and varied approaches that will be used in the program. In addition to general education courses, international studies majors complete courses in selected areas: international language (French, Spanish or Arabic); culture and/or international experience; business and economics; history and political science; science and technology; and global issues.

Our diverse faculty includes professors with national reputations for outstanding and innovative research in their fields of expertise. Since the international studies program is interdisciplinary in nature, all of our faculty members collaborate on the development of our programs. 


Specialized study: International studies majors complete a common core of courses and choose one of four focus areas:  business and economics; history and political science; science and technology; or global issues. All majors will have a core adviser and a focus adviser, with faculty members drawn from such areas as biology, business, Spanish, Arabic, history, French and geography. 

Travel abroad: The international studies program sponsors travel abroad, enabling students to explore and learn around the world. Past trips have featured such destinations as Cuba, Ethiopia, Greece, Russia, and Cozumel and Belize. In spring 2017 students visited European sites related to the Holocaust.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in international studies, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the international studies program can complete short courses for credit on trips abroad. International studies majors also have access to undergraduate research funding. As a member of the Council for Undergraduate Research, Cal U offers institutional support for undergraduate research endeavors. Students also can get help with travel and research funding through the University. 

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Graduate Outcomes

The B.A. in international Studies prepares you for careers in business, government, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic agencies and the arts. At Cal U, you'll learn how to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center will help to connect you with potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

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See the World

International studies students get the full experience at travel destinations during planned trips. For instance, in March 2016, on a seven-day trip to Ireland, students visited the Malahide Castle, toured the Guinness storehouse, walked the streets of Dublin, visited the Old Jameson distillery, toured Kilkenny and Glendalough, kissed the rock of Blarney Castle and visited Galway.

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Campus Connections

International studies students can take advantage of a wide range of academic and social activities on campus. For instance, the history department sponsors Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society. Membership is a recognized mark of excellence. Students also can participate in such diverse activities as the Fencing Club and the Silvi Vulcani Club (dedicated to pre-1601 studies).

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Learn Abroad

Through Cal U's Cultural Experiences Abroad or National Student Exchange (CEA/NSE), you can complete your studies during any semester, including summers, in countries such as Spain, France, Mexico or Argentina. You may take courses at the host university in English, French or Spanish, and your course credits and grades transfer automatically back to Cal U. Your Cal U financial aid can be applied. Additionally, the National Student Exchange provides opportunities to study at another college or university within the United States and Canada. 


B.A., International Studies Courses

Example Courses
  • Introduction to International Studies
  • Special Problems in International Studies
  • Arabic, French or Spanish 

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International Studies Faculty

Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson
Associate Professor

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Dr. Arcides Gonzalez
Assistant Professor

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Sean Madden
Professor and Director of International Studies

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Dr. Mary M. Randall
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Susan Ryan

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Dr. Mohamed Yamba
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