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International Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Overview of International Studies Program

International Studies primary focus is taking an interdisciplinary approach so that students learn about the world from different perspectives.

With a rapidly expanding world, along with the cultures, people, and events within, International Studies is considered one of the most in-demand academic fields in the United States.

Combining this with small class sizes and recognized professionals, students will advance their understanding of international environments.

Faculty will set up a goal with students to develop an understanding of the world as a whole through research methods. Students will learn the necessary skills to collect and analyze evidence to come up with their final answer to the developed plan. Faculty is a constant in the students’ journey to gain the most from their education, and to enjoy the studies they are undertaking. The faculty will facilitate the requirements for students to be successful in their critical thinking about global issues and to be able to succeed in their future in business, government, foreign academic or social environments. Students will inevitably be prepared to succeed in their future, through today’s achievements, and will be apt to contribute their skills and know-how to the international marketplace.

With the importance of preparation and job preparedness, students will be ready and able to lead in the global marketplace. They will have a global mindset, ready to develop international awareness, due to an array of course offerings, along with the opportunity for students to branch out into many fields of study within the major. Having a relatively small student body, the International Studies program allows for individualized attention and adaptation for students seeking out a more flexible program. Students will also have the opportunity to study in a mandatory international internship or study abroad program, which will further their skills in the international marketplace.

Study Abroad

Many study-abroad opportunities are available to International Studies students. Niagara University has established programs all over the world and continues to develop courses and programs that enable our students to learn about global issues first hand. Study abroad helps students develop confidence and gain independence, increase international understanding and enhance their own self-awareness.

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Why International Studies at NU?


There are many opportunities for internships and cooperative education experiences in the program. At the regional, national, and international level, students can develop real-world experience and hone their skills in preparation for an international career.


Students select a field of concentration that they are interested in investigating. They work closely with faculty to identify sources of information that will answer their question and course work that will assist them in analyzing evidence.

Small Class Sizes

work with a community of students in a small classroom environment where the emphasis is on enhancing critical thinking skills and practical applications.

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"Niagara truly understands the diverse care er field of accounting. Faculty help students see paths beyond the traditional CPA route, and advise them on which ones may suit them best. I took electives in data analytics, which led me to a career in fraud detection and deterrence."​
Brandon Andrews, ’17
Auditor/Investigator NYS Office of the Attorney General​


Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Language Educator
International Banking Officer
Political Affairs Officer

Honor Society

International Studies
Faculty & Staff


Dr. David Reilly

Dr. David Reilly
Department Chair

Dr. David A.



Phone: 716.286.8088