The International Studies Program at WCAS/Northwestern University

The International Studies program is the gateway to the study of global affairs in the Weinberg College at Northwestern University. We provide both an incubator of interdisciplinary scholarship on global affairs and a community of scholars and practitioners. Our mission is to encourage and support student education and scholarship in international affairs. We are open to all Weinberg students and to students from across the university. We offer a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum as well as weekly seminars, research support for students, career counseling, public events, and more.

We are the home of the International Studies adjunct major and minor. These allow students to pursue a coherent curriculum that addresses global aspects of their primary major. The major and minor programs comprise a set of core courses along with regional and thematic clusters of elective courses. We also offer a series of capstone seminars where IS majors can develop independent research projects.

The weekly Global Café series offers a diverse schedule of events — including small-group meetings with professionals in the field, grant-writing support, topical speakers, and more.

Led by our director, Ian Hurd, the IS community includes 200 students, a core of a dozen faculty and many more faculty who offer courses and events, graduate student content facilitators, and a wide range of outside specialists, practitioners, and professionals from all fields to offer courses, events, and advice to our students.

Our faculty are drawn from across the university and represent the most diverse set of substantive and disciplinary perspectives.

IS works closely with other academic units, including Legal Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Medill School of Journalism, programs in global health, and more.

The alumni network of International Studies is among the largest at Northwestern. Our alums can be found around the world in government, public activism, international organizations, the arts, and the private sector.