Women in South Africa working on the community garden, with the help of International Studies students from Sierra Nevada College
A unique interdisciplinary perspective
on our interconnected global home.

International Studies

B.A. in International Studies

Explore our transnational, globalized world.

Our globe is becoming simultaneously bigger and smaller, more connected and more fragmented, richer and poorer, more productive and more destructive. Join this unique interdisciplinary program to develop the information, perspective, and skills to contribute successfully in our increasingly interdependent world.

Experience other cultures and traditions. Live – and work, study, or volunteer – abroad.

South Africa Service Learning Course

Join us in a Service – Learning Project to the rural communities surrounding Hoedspruit, South Africa. Earn up to 15 credits with available courses in regional studies, global business, resource management, and natural history field studies. See the work of a successful-anti-poaching unit and go on safari in the Thornybush Reserve.

Students at a rural preschool in South Africa gather around so they can see the improvements made to their schoolhouse by Sierra Nevada College International Studies Students
Sierra Nevada College International Studies students paint fun murals on the walls of a preschool in rural South Africa
International Studies students marvel at their work after painting a rural preschool in South Africa

During the Service Learning portion of the trip you may find yourself refurbishing a school, building a community garden, helping in an orphanage, and tutoring high school students. Expect to exercise your flexibility in an unfamiliar environment!

It’s complicated.

Use resources from the entire college curriculum to investigate current transnational issues such as terrorism, environmental sustainability, and HIV/AIDS from a wholistic perspective.

Research the whole fabric of societal problems. Analyze and synthesize information from diverse sources. Identify the obstacles to a solution taking hold and making a sustainable impact. Use innovative interdisciplinary approaches to attack complex problems.

Your curriculum includes courses in business and economics, politics and law, cultural and regional studies, environmental issues, and travel or internship abroad.

Meet International Studies major Estefania Rivera Gonzalez

Estefania Gonzalez, Finance and Economics and International Studies major, happy to stay in Incline Village

Class of 2017

As long as I can remember, I've liked learning about different countries, languages, religions, and cultures. So when it came time to chose a major, I knew that International Studies was right for me. My dream is to go to India, the Caribbean, South East Asia, and Europe to immerse myself in their rich cultures. Eventually I want to just pick a point on the map and travel there the next day! . . . Read More

The future needs you!

Graduate prepared for a career in government, international organizations, international commerce, or academic institutions that require an understanding of the cultures, economics, and politics of our global economy.

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Justin Spees
Chair, Department of Business

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