What will I learn?

The interdisciplinary nature of the program aims to foster an acute understanding of the interconnections and interdependencies that shape the world today. The curriculum is designed to support Gonzaga University’s mission to foster students with “a mature commitment to the dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.”

The International Relations major and minor allow students to pursue coursework and research on a variety of global issues with an emphasis on interactions among countries through international organizations, treaties, law, and trade. Course offerings include: • American Foreign Policy • Global Citizenship • Global Economic Issues • Global Gender Regimes • Global Migration • International Organizations • Interreligious Dialogue • Model United Nations

Gonzaga University offers two courses of study in International Studies: International Relations and Area Studies. The International Relations major and minor prepare students for careers and post-graduate education in foreign service, diplomacy, security studies, peace and conflict resolution, and international development. The Area Studies majors and minors provide students with a more focused program of study in one of three regions: Asia, Europe, or Latin America.

Because foreign language skills are such a vital part of an International Studies education, all International Studies majors and minors should expect to study a modern language during their time at Gonzaga – through the 302 level for majors and through the 202 level for minors. Students are encouraged to continue a language they studied before coming to Gonzaga in order to maximize their proficiency. Area Studies majors and minors must study a modern language used in their region of study.

Students work closely with faculty advisors to choose courses that match their individual interests and career goals. Given its interdisciplinary composition, the International Studies degree includes courses in communication, economics, history, modern languages, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology.


Asian Studies gives students a foundational understanding of Asian cultures, history, civilizations, religious traditions, and contemporary political, economic, and social change

European Studies cultivates an appreciation of European civilization and a knowledge of its history and role in the world, as well as exposure to its contemporary social, economic, and political challenges.

Latin American Studies introduces students to the histories, cultures, and political experiences of Latin America and requires the study of Spanish.


Many International Studies students choose to undertake international service or teaching positions after graduation.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,990.00 per year
Application deadline

7 December 2021

Start date

5 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: December 7

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.