International Studies (INTS)

Mid Autumn Festival September 15, 2016

Major in International Studies

The University of North Carolina Asheville offers both a major and minor in International Studies, allowing undergraduates to pursue an interdisciplinary understanding of global affairs. The goal of the International Studies major is to provide students with a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse cultures, economies and politics of the world. The International Studies major is of value to students seeking careers in a number of fields, such as government, business, environmental studies, law, journalism and teaching. It provides an excellent background for those interested in working for government agencies, non-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, and private voluntary and humanitarian organizations.

International Studies at UNC Asheville emphasizes global awareness and global citizenship as essential aspects of a liberal arts education. Students select from many courses and disciplines that complement the university's liberal arts mission. Faculty participating in the International Studies major teach courses from a wide range of disciplines. They are engaged in undergraduate research and scholarship, as well as in service-learning both locally and internationally.

The International Studies major allows students to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary world from different disciplinary perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach is designed to provide students with a broad range of ideas and intellectual skills to analyze and respond to the diverse and complex mix of cultural, economic, and political forces that shape the global community. The International Studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of changing dynamics and forces that transcend national and regional boundaries.

Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Relations

The purpose of Sigma Iota Rho shall be to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.  Our local chapter is the Zeta Psi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho.  To be accepted for membership, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Completed at least twenty-one (21) hours of course work in international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines;at least two courses at the 300 or 400 levels.
  • Attained a junior standing.
  • Attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all courses.
  • Must maintain full-time student status of at least twelve (12) hours to be a voting member or hold an office.

If you are interested, please fill out the Sigma Iota Rho application.

Study Abroad To China - 2018


This summer, explore China for its rich culture, unique tradition, fascinating history, and amazing food! You will:

  • Visit five cities and explore modern Chinese society
  • Teach English to Chinese college students and earn credit for service learning
  • Enjoy low program fees and save money
  • Be eligible for financial aid and scholarships
  • Use your first-hand information for your senior thesis

Contact Information: Dr. Jinhua Li (, 828.232.5135, 320C Owen Hall