SJC students learn about tribes in Ethiopia.

International Studies

SJC’s International Studies major was organized in 1977 as a natural outgrowth of the Core Program. As people are becoming more and more aware of their interdependence, there is a great need for college graduates who are prepared to serve in careers in the international field and who have learned how to think perceptively and with sensitivity in terms of the global family of humanity.



BA in International Studies (4 year)

Why International Studies?

  • 1With a degree in International Studies, you can pursue a career in government, consulting, media, business, or non-profit.
  • 2According to The Princeton Review, “International Studies will equip you with a greater understanding of how other cultures live and govern themselves.”
  • 3A degree in International Studies will provide you with the basic skills in economic and political analysis, relating and analyzing across cultural and national lines, organizing thoughts and engaging in debate, and logical problem analysis. 

Careers in International Studies

  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer/Specialist
  • Economist
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Politician

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • New York University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Illinois - Chicago
  • University of Indianapolis
  • DePaul University

Why Study International Studies at Saint Joseph's College?


At SJC, students studying International Studies take a wide array of classes, including courses in economics, business, history, English, political science, philosophy, and religion. By opting out of taking the group major approach to International Studies, students do not have a mandatory year abroad. As a result, International Studies students can choose a minor that will better prepare them for their dream career. For example, students can minor in Spanish and become experienced in the language or minor in Journalism and learn to write effectively. While spending time abroad is not a requirement for International Studies majors, students are presented opportunities to study abroad for 10 days or one semester. Students wishing to major in International Studies and spend a year abroad should consider majoring in our group major International Studies with Junior Year Abroad.  

Hands-on Experience

The faculty members at SJC encourage all of their students to pursue internships. The Washington Center in Washington, DC is an excellent program for policy-oriented students who want to get hands-on experience in our nation's capital.

Dedication to Excellence

The International Studies program’s curricular flexibility opens many career paths for students. Whether a student is interested in emerging world development, business, law, or teaching, International Studies students can take advantage of SJC faculty from almost every discipline. In addition to the flexible curriculum, the Core Program is also advantageous for International Studies students. While taking Core, students learn about the origins of other civilizations, including South and East Asian, African, Mesopotamian, European, and Latin American civilizations. As a result, Core reinforces the International Studies program and vice versa, which is beneficial for International Studies students.  

Faculty and Class Size

The faculty at SJC have vast experience and expertise because of their research and personal experiences, which include travels to India, Nicaragua, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Africa, England, Jordan, Syria, Vietnam, and more. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students due to the various types of required courses.

Alberto Anguiano '14

Alberto Anguiano '14

Majors: Marketing & International Studies

Minor: Spanish


"I'm involved in Campus Ministry and help those who are less fortunate. I am getting leadership development in many activities that I have taken part in."

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.