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

Pam KoAcademic 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

Student Snapshot: Erik Smith

Student Snapshot: Erik Smith '22

Where do beekeeping, international studies, activism, and Arabic language study meet? Find out how all these and more converge in the open mind of Erik Smith '22.

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Dickinson's long history of Fulbright success continues with students becoming English Teaching Assistants across Europe and in Brazil.

Dickinson Students Research End-of-Life Care in Netherlands, U.S.

Dickinson Students Research End-of-Life Care in Netherlands, U.S.

Eleven students researched end-of-life issues and care in the Netherlands during spring break. What they learned was surprising, and it may enhance their future lives and careers.

Sharing the Adventure

Sharing the Adventure

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

International Studies Major Jobs, Graduate School Acceptances and Scholarships 2022

International Studies Major Jobs, Graduate School Acceptances and Scholarships 2022

International studies majors secure job in international development and are accepted into law school.

Remembering Madeleine Albright

Remembering Madeleine Albright's Visit to Dickinson

In the days since the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Dickinson College community reflects on her trailblazing life and her visit to campus in 2014.