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B.A. in International Studies


The Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy offer a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies is designed for students who seek an interdisciplinary social science training in either a geographic area of the world or a pervasive global issue. Students take relevant courses in a variety of social science disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, geography, and philosophy. Students also complete foreign language coursework relevant to their regional interests. Some foreign languages are offered on campus in Stephenville, and many more can be taken via the A&M system's many study abroad opportunities on various university campuses throughout the world. The major program also allows students to efficiently incorporate a minor program of their choice into their undergraduate studies and engage in study abroad opportunities in preparation for a variety of exciting career opportunities.

Designed with you in mind

The International Studies major program of study is currently offered primarily on the Stephenville campus in a face-to-face format.


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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study abroad through Tarleton is extensive and varied that allows students to gain a global perspective through travel and coursework. During study abroad, students may stay with families, meet other international studies students. Students are encouraged to sync their International Studies major with an applicable study abroad program that will help them launch into an international career.

Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

Achieving a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies degree results in a wide variety of future careers. Skills such as knowledge of other cultures and languages can really help you in your job search after graduation. Some future career options may consist of:

  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Analyst 
  • Legal Assistant
real experience

Real Experience

The International Studies program at Tarleton State University offers a variety of hands-on opportunities. Study abroad is one of the most popular experiences that students participate in. Another way to gain hands-on experience in the field is through an internship. These options and more are available to all of our students, and we strongly encourage them to embrace such great opportunities.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies helps students develop their oral and written communication skills, enhance their ability to think critically and creatively about real-world challenges and issues, broaden their understanding of cultural diversity, and provides them with a unique experience of the world. The program of study helps give students the intellectual tools, research skills, and experience to seek out employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, consulting firms, and education.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography
POLS 3308 International Politics
POLS 3314 Comparative Politics
RELI 3304 World Religions
SOCI 3330 Social Science Statics
HIST 4331 World Since 1919
INTL 4390 International Studies Capstone

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

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Phi Alpha Theta

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W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

W. K. Gordon Center

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas is a Tarleton State University research facility, as well as a combined museum and special collections library. Located at the site of the Thurber ghost town, its interactive exhibits explore the birth and death of a company town.

Public History Graduate Program

Public History Graduate Program

A specialization in public history prepares students for graduate studies and a non-traditional graduate academic career. Through coursework in museum studies, archival principles, and historic preservation, students acquire practical theoretical skills in:

  • Documentation of historical resources
  • Preservation of artifacts
  • Management of cultural resources