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James Bailey was awarded a Boren Award for International Study. He will studying Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Jordan fall 2014. Be sure to congratulate him! For more, see:we are uncw


Gongtao (Tom) Sun successfully defended his Honors thesis, "Minority Polciy in the People's Republic of China: A Core-Periphery Analysis." He is also our first graduate with departmental honors!

Shelby Johnson successfully defended her Honors thesis, "The Failure of the Global North to Protect and Prevent the Use of Child Soldiers." Congratutions --- the first IS Honors Thesis.

Chris Cardona just received his invitation to join the Peace Corps in China. Be sure to congratulate him!

Abbey Starling, a secondary education student majoring in English and International Studies, is the 2013 recipient of UNCW’s Global Citizenship Student Award. This prestigious award was created by the Office of International Programs to recognize students who demonstrate a commitment to internationalization. Click here to view Abbey’s poem that helped her win the award.

Anastasia Kuz-Aponte (IS '13), now a graduate student in International Studies at the University of Miami, had her article " Embodiment of Ideology: Female Characters in Soviet Cinema" accepted for publication in the Tamkang Journal of International Affairs.


Here is how to declare International Studies as your major. If you have any questions, email, phone, or drop by the International Studies office to talk to the director.


Starting in the Fall of 2013, there will be a new minor in IS.

Here is how to declare International Studies as your minor. If you have any questions, email, phone, or drop by the International Studies office to talk to the director.


Multiple sections of INT 105: Introduction to International Studies will be offered spring 2014. An online section will be offered during summer 1 and 2 in 2014.

Director's / Advisor's Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 in Leutze Hall 217.

Email or call 962-3701 to make an appointment to meet at other times.

International Studies

As it fundamentally changes the world, globalization restructures the way states, societies, communities, and individuals relate to one another, creating new challenges that cannot be met by nations or markets alone nor understood and overcome using merely one disciplinary perspective. International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on social transformation and innovative responses to seemingly intractable global problems. International Studies students learn to think across disciplines, to move between the the local and the global, and not to lose sight of the realities of human lives at the center of our investigations.

One of UNCW's strategic goals is to "Create an educational environment that prepares our students to be global citizens." Students are prepared to face these global issues, and bring about a more just and equitable world. But just as important is the goal to prepare students to be competitive in the global workforce. Occupations and professions in a variety of settings increasingly emphasize global knowledge, skills, and experience.

The International Studies major is designed specifically to meet these goals by offering an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree that provides a distinctive international learning experience for UNCW students. The integrative program curriculum will provide students with:

  • A focus on a particular international theme or geographic area of concentration;
  • Exposure to other cultures, people, and places;
  • An understanding of one’s own culture from international perspectives
  • A deeper appreciation of the global society.

Thematic Concentrations

An international perspective recognizes that many issues cross borders and continents. Therefore, students can concentrate their studies of various global themes:

Flags of the world with U.S. Flag in center

Examining the world outside the United States


Regional Concentrations

Students can also concentrate their studies on the politics, economics, langagues, cultures, literatures of a particular region of the world. The thematic concentrations include:


You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mohandas Gandhi.

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