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


Russell BovaProfessor of Political Science

Department Coordinator

Laura WeberAcademic 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 College Alumna Aims to Level the Startup Playing Field

Dickinson College Alumna Aims to Level the Startup Playing Field

With the Female Innovators Lab, Amy Nauiokas '94 seeks to increase the odds of success for women entrepreneurs.

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

A panel of five Dickinson professors representing a variety of disciplines and national backgrounds will address worldwide environmental activism and protest movements in different countries.

A Next-Level Global Education

A Next-Level Global Education

Six international students offer an inside look at their Dickinson experience.

Student Snapshot: Jacob DeCarli

Student Snapshot: Jacob DeCarli '22

Jacob DeCarli ’22 has already published articles in an Italian-American magazine in two languages. Learn more about how Dickinson is feeding his passions for journalism, languages and world politics.

Dickinson College Russian and International Studies Major Carves Out Successful Foreign Service Career

Dickinson College Russian and International Studies Major Carves Out Successful Foreign Service Career

As a foreign services officer in Budapest, Hungary, Kevin Doyle ’16 helps policymakers wrestle with energy security and Hungary-EU relations.

Dickinson College Professor

Dickinson College Professor's Research May Show Link Between Great Recession, Declining Birth Rates

New research published this month in the Southern Economic Journal reveals job losses during the Great Recession may be partly responsible for the recent drop in U.S. birth rates.