International Studies

International Studies
Type of Degree: Major, Minor

Regional and global economies, global communications, and the movement of people and cultures are redefining our interconnected world. Gain the intercultural knowledge and skills you need to become a global leader.

You’ll choose between two concentrations: cross-cultural studies if you’re more interested in history and languages, or international relations if you’re more interested in political science and economics. All international studies majors must take course in a second language and study abroad for at least three months.


Model UN

Travel with your friends to the Model UN Far West Conference. Every year, a delegation of Heidelberg students travel to San Francisco to participate in the annual conference, representing different countries, serving in leadership roles, and meeting students from across the country.

Meet the Faculty

Our students say the best part of Heidelberg is working with their professors. Meet the faculty of this department. 


  • Peace Corps Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • International Journalist
  • Embassy Official


Heidelberg international studies majors have an outstanding record of success with a 100% placement rate within six months of graduation last year. This included both employment and graduate school.

Meredith HigginsMeredith Higgins ‘15

While at Heidelberg, Meredith went on the border trip to Texas, spent a semester in Costa Rica, traveled with Model UN to San Francisco and Turkey, and attended conferences in Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans. After graduation, she decided she wasn’t done seeing the world. Currently, Meredith is teaching English and Language Arts at a school in Guatemala.

College is about the total experience, not just taking a set of courses in sequence. No matter what I wanted to do, someone was there supporting me. You can make such a positive impact if you want. My experience doesn’t look like anyone else. I got to design my education and that gives me a lot of power.


Below is a sampling of courses offered in international studies. For more information, see the major requirements.

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Global Politics
  • International Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Europe
  • Political Philosophy

For a more detailed academic schedule, or to ask questions about any of our majors, contact the Admission Office at or 419-448-2330.

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