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Welcome to the International Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego.  This website is designed to provide information to all current students, prospective students, affiliated faculty and centers.

Since its founding in 2001, the International Studies Program has grown to become the largest interdisciplinary major in the University.  Our renowned affiliated faculty are all distinguished in their various fields.  Our students come from diverse backgrounds and go on to a myriad of graduate programs and careers.  One thing our students share in common is a deep interest in the issues, events, and cultures of the world. 

Our program offers nine Bachelor of Arts degree options, a minor, and a combined Bachelor/Master Program.  From our program, students gain a firm grounding in a discipline and have the flexibility to permit exploration from alternative perspectives. 

The major offers an Honors Program for students interested in pursuing an original research project in a deeper way.  After taking a course in research methods, honors students work closely with a faculty mentor to write their thesis.  This intense academic experience is often mentioned by students as the highlight of their undergraduate experience.

The International Studies Program (ISP) has close relationships with many departments, including the professional School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).  In fact, ambitious ISP students can pursue a joint Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA) program that combines ISP and GPS requirements in order to earn both degrees in five years.  This is an excellent way for students to accelerate their education in the international policy world.

In the coming years, we hope to build greater programs with GPS and other centers on campus.  ISP students will be invited and have access to events such as talks by ambassadors, professionals working the fields of development and alumni panels.

If you are a major, minor, or BA/MIA student, we hope you continue your successful journey with us.  If you are a prospective student, we hope you look closely at our program and what we offer.

With my best wishes,

Clark Gibson
Director, International Studies Program
Professor of Political Science