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The Department of International Studies prepares you for the increasingly complex and interconnected world of the 21st century. Whether you are passionate about human rights, media, education, the environment, or public health, when you pursue an International Studies degree at IU you will learn how to analyze these global issues through a multidisciplinary context and acquire the skills required of tomorrow’s global leaders. Additionally, you will develop deep knowledge of at least one region outside the US, and fluency in another language. An integral part of the School of Global and International Studies, the department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as graduate degrees. Our students go on to meaningful careers in government, NGOs, corporations, foundations, media outlets, and policy institutes; but most importantly, emerge from our department as ethical citizens of the world.

Recent Publications by International Studies Faculty

In Paying for Climate Change, Stephen Macekura argues counter intuitively that the Trump Administration’s climate policy is not that different from his predecessors' in one crucial respect: an ongoing refusal to provide financial aid to help poorer countries contend with climate change. His article appears on Bunk, a new history website featuring insight into contemporary issues.


In November, Professor Padraic Kenney published Dance in Chains:Political Imprisonment in the Modern World, "the first book to trace the history of modern political imprisonment from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century."



International Studies + Army ROTC = Global Fluency

Improve your Global Aptitude. As a U.S. Army officer, you will enhance your global leadership and cross-cultural competency. This will make you much more competitive and significantly improve your long-term career opportunities. Fully funded tuition scholarships are available for qualified applicants via IU Army ROTC. An IU Army ROTC scholarship is your ticket to a debt free education, guaranteed job place (full or part-time), and access to the best leadership development course in the world.



Lecture: "International Legal Responses to Mass Atrocities: Progress and Challenges"
Monday, February 12, 7:00 - 08:30 PM
GISB Auditorium

Todd Buchwald, senior lawyer at the U.S. Department of State, will be presenting his lecture in the Global and International Studies Building Auditorium. For more information, please email


CAHI-sponsored Events

What Can Latin American Cinema Teach Us About Globalization?
Thursday, March 1 (4pm, Oak Room, IMU)
presented by Srđa Popović

Laughtivism: The Power of Political Satire Today
Friday, March 2 (7:30pm, Fine Arts 015)
presented by Srđa Popović and Sophia McClennen

Srđa Popović is a Serbian political activist, whose own satirical work helped hasten the fall of Slobodan Milošević

Sophia McClennen is Associate Director of the School of International Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Studies at Penn State, and author of two books on political satire


How Once a Dangerous Idea of Floating Exchange Rates Replaced the Bretton Woods System: Ideas, Interests, and International Institutional Change
March 9, 10:30-12:00, Woodburn Hall room 218
(Youn Ki, Miami University)

Until the mid-1960s, American political and business elites regarded “fixed exchange rates as graven in stone and beyond the tampering of mere mortals.”[1] American elites considered floating the dollar as tantamount to a return to U.S. isolationism and the international disorder which characterized the 1930s. However, the United States embraced the idea of currency flexibility by the early 1970s, catalyzing the emergence and development of a new floating exchange regime. This study examines the transition from the Bretton Woods system to a floating regime by focusing on the role of ideas, interests, and temporality.

[1] Joanne S. Gowa, Closing the Gold Window: Domestic Politics and the End of Bretton Woods, Cornell Studies in Political Economy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983), 133

From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy
Thursday, March 22nd, 4:30 PM
Psychology Building, Room 101

Sarah B Snyder, Associate Professor of History at the School of International Service, will be presenting her talk on Thursday, March 22nd in the Psychology Building. Details of her work are available on her website.