International Studies

Students can declare a major or acquire a minor in international studies through the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership.

Both the interational studies major and minor give students an opportunity to take courses from four international fields. Electives are divided into options to meet each student's interests and career plans.

In some of the options, students are urged to consider studying abroad during their time at NKU.

Special Admission Requirements

To declare a major in political science, criminal justice, or international studies, students – including transfer students – must have earned a GPA of at least 2.50 in all prior college work. First semester students who wish to declare a major in one of the above programs must have an ACT composite score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 990.

International Studies Major

The international studies program will be of interest to students planning a career in government, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. This program also prepares students wishing to pursue graduate work in international studies.


Degree Requirements

Take a look at degree requirements and course descriptions please refer to the catalog.

For catalog click here

International Studies Sample 4-Year Plan


Contact the International Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Ed Kwon for questions about the International Studies program.

Classrooms Around the World

The Academic Exchange Program gives NKU students an opportunity to study in 12 foreign countries.

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Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to complete study abroad courses toward the International Studies major or minor. Topics courses and independent study credits may fulfill secondary course requirements at the discretion of the International Studies Coordinator.

Assistance With Study Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad (UC415) can assist with scholarship applications to offset expenses.

International Studies Minor

With the global marketplace, there is more call for individuals with knowledge of the world.  This minor benefits those who plan careers in international business, law, journalism, government, politics, and Foreign Service.
See the catalog for more specific requirements.