International Studies

International Studies: Major

The International Studies major focuses on important contemporary themes relating to the transnational relationships among states and peoples.

The major is inherently interdisciplinary, as it applies historical, political, and sociological lenses to analyze global topics and phenomena. Students majoring in International Studies should expect to complete coursework in some combination of Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology, as well as demonstrating competence in a foreign language.

Students pursuing an International Studies major are challenged to develop critical thinking and writing skills, to master an additional language, and to engage important questions of our day from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.


Program Highlights

The major is rigorously structured to ensure breadth as well as depth. Students majoring in International Studies:

  • Complete coursework across a range of disciplines: anthropology, economics, history, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
  • Achieve proficiency in a second language. Holy Cross offers Arabic, Chinese Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish. 
  • Declare a regional focus for the major: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Russia and Eastern Europe* (*contingent on the availability of faculty courses).
  • Declare a thematic focus for the major: International Political Economy & Development Studies, Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Global Governance & International Law.
  • Pursue study abroad in their second language in their region.

International Studies News

College of the Holy Cross Fulbright Alumni Cite Program’s Lifelong Impact

The combination of the international program's opportunities and Holy Cross mentorship deliver life-changing experiences.

2021 Alpha Sigma Nu student honorees. Photo by John Buckingham
30 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Nu acceptance is granted to less than four percent of the class
Sophia Chu '22
Account Management Internship – Holy Cross Student Summer Series
Sophia Chu '22 interns with Ogilvy NY for an exclusive look at the power of marketing