international studies major


The term global village and many other concepts like it have been tossed around since the mid-20th century. In recent years, communication between nations, cultures, and communities have increased exponentially. We are connected to each other in more ways and more often than ever before - and there is still so much to learn. 



Parkside's International Studies Program combines courses from various departments to create a broad, interdisciplinary program. You will study a variety of interesting topics and have the opportunity to participate in several of our study abroad programs, often led by our very own faculty.

The International Studies curriculum provides excellent training for persons interested in a wide variety of careers; including professional postitions in private firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations that operate in a global context.


Our graduates are currently employed in corporations, educational institutions, nonprofits and agencies both in the local area as well as internationally. They have also gone on to professional or graduate schools.

Study Abroad

The International Studies program recognizes that studying abroad, working abroad or doing an internship abroad are excellent complements to the major, minor, or certificate programs and can be a rewarding and life-changing experience for any student. Incorporating study abroad into a student’s college experience enhances the value of any academic program. UW-Parkside faculty-led programs, UW-System study abroad programs, and affiliated study abroad programs, once approved, can count toward elective credits in the International Studies major. Study abroad programs can be week-, semester-, or year-long programs.


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