Our faculty teach and research at the intersection of international relations, international economics, international security, international development, comparative politics, demography and foreign policy. Insights from these fields in an interdisciplinary major help students attain a well-rounded, multifaceted understanding of global developments and trends and prepare majors to succeed in the globally connected world of the 21st century.

Among international studies majors nationwide, Dickinson graduates rank #14 for starting salaries at U.S. bachelor-degree-granting institutions (Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2020)

International studies majors complete core coursework in international politics, economics and history and also gain proficiency in a foreign language. Beyond that, majors individually select a cluster of courses of their choice in one of four areas of concentration:

  • a geographical area or a specific country
  • sustainability and the global environment
  • world economy and development issues
  • global security

After graduating, IS majors pursue numerous paths. Our alumni have pursued careers in foreign service, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the military, schools and institutions of higher education and a variety of private sector employers. Many alums go on to graduate school or professional school to further develop their knowledge and expertise.

Contact Info


Shamma AlamAssociate Professor of International Studies

Department Coordinator

Sarah VelezAcademic Department Coordinator






Althouse #118, Althouse Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Northeastern University
  • U.S. Senate
  • American University in Cairo
  • U.S. State Department
  • Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Committee for Human Rights in North Korea 

Graduate Schools:

  • King’s College
  • Mercyhurst University
  • George Washington Elliott School
  • Masters at Yale
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (via Dickinson’s 3+2 program)
  • Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
  • Lancaster University (UK)


  • Germany
  • Ivory Coast
  • Spain
  • Brazil
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Arms Control Association
  • US Department of State, Bureau of National Security and Nonproliferation
  • US Army War College, Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute
  • USAID, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
  • Booz Allen Hamilton

Student Perspective

“Dickinson has given me numerous opportunities to pursue experiences off-campus that have contributed to broadening my worldview and allowed me to explore my various interests and figure out what I wanted to do postgraduation. Through internships and study abroad, I have been able to make critical connections and gain new skills that supplemented my work in the classroom. At Dickinson, I wasn't just preparing for the "real world"; I was already there.”

— Rowan Humphries '19 (political science, international studies)

International Studies News

Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer Internships

Dickinson Students Flourish in Summer Internships

Across the country, and the globe, Dickinson students engaged in a wide variety of summer internships.

Donor Profile: Betty Richardson Churchill

Donor Profile: Betty Richardson Churchill '58 and Dan Churchill

Learn how this former CIA couple helps promising Dickinson students make a meaningful difference in the world.

Twin Sister Graduates Reflect on Dickinson

Twin Sister Graduates Reflect on Dickinson's Impact

Kiara '21 and Kiana Smith '21 share their Dickinson story.


New Study by Dickinson Economics Professor Explores Link Between Economic Shock and Physical Inactivity

A new study by Shamma Alam, assistant professor of international studies, is the first to examine how job losses during the Great Recession affected levels of physical activity among young adults.

International Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

International Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Graduating international studies majors launch careers in business development and are accepted into graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.

Student Snapshot: Hannah DelSordo ’22

Student Snapshot: Hannah DelSordo ’22

Meet Hannah DelSordo ’22, and learn about her internship with a nonprofit focused on global poverty, pandemic hobby, her favorite class, and why she loves the sense of community at Dickinson.