“The International Studies Program at Texas State provides an interdisciplinary, integrative approach to instilling in students a curiosity and an appreciation for the global community. A greatly varied staff really helps to create a holistic learning experience for students. I am glad to have been presented a multitude of new viewpoints over my past two years here, and its because of this that I've not only been able to expand my knowledge of international relations, but I've also learned to open my mind to new and different ideas.
In the summer of 2010 I completed an internship in Cologne, Germany with Partnership International (formerly Fulbright Society-Cologne), a non-profit high school study abroad organization. I was able to receive 6 hours (2 class' worth) of credit for my work! Students really do have so many opportunities through the International Studies Program.”
-Hylary Ahrendt, Junior 2011
"The International Studies Program at Texas State is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the world and achieve a deeper understanding of international relations. The program provides a variety of study abroad opportunities, and as a graduate student I was awarded the once-in-a-lifetime chance to teach English as a foreign language in Honduras through the Cleaves Fellowship program. The International Studies program has given me the knowledge and skills to pursue work in the international field with a competitive edge over my peers. The program’s interdisciplinary approach allows a limitless combination of coursework, where students have the freedom to focus on their areas of interest through multiple departments. The staff and faculty are helpful and insightful, and they have always been there for me."
-Nate Sams, Graduate student
“Majoring in International Studies at Texas State allowed me to gain a better understanding about the dynamics of today’s world and about the interdependence of different cultures and the consequent need to cooperate in order to prosper and live in peace. Studying and living in the Netherlands taught me more than what I could have learned by reading about culture and politics in books. This experience made me develop a more mature and objective viewpoint, but, most importantly, it made me realize International Studies is the major I feel most passionate about.”
-Beatriz Gomez, Graduate student
“The International Studies program at Texas State goes beyond the borders of the classroom to provide real life experiences around the world. It has taken me from the rainforest of Costa Rica, to las casas de Gaudi en Barcelona, into the seats of Parliament in London and to the top of the Tour de Eiffel in Paris. The IS program has given me first hand experience of living and interacting in the different cultures of the world. This program has exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it. I am honored to hold my Bachelors of Arts degree in International Studies and look forward to the completion of my Masters of Arts degree in International Studies.”
-Lauren Roig, Graduate student
“The program has been invaluable to my success as a graduate student at Texas State. Having a quality interdisciplinary degree allows me expand my knowledge and understanding about people and culture in a global and comparative context. Moreover, I strongly believe that, upon receiving an M.A. in International Studies, I will be prepared for work and leadership in an interdependent world with the necessary written and oral communication skills, familiarity with the world's major regional civilizations, and technical skills to pursue, not just a job but, a career.”
- Paul Vega, Graduate student
"The International Studies program at Texas State University-San Marcos
afforded me the opportunity to study in three countries outside the U.S.
and prepared me for my current job where I work in Holland as a
-Christopher Schave, BAIS 2010
“You gave…me such an amazing opportunity for the internship in Cambodia, which changed my life forever.”
-Noriko Aoki, MA 2010
"I regard the International Studies Program at Texas State University as the main promoter of my career as an English Language student. The program provided me with my first study abroad experience"
-Diego Carlos Alvarado, Exchange student from Universidad de Tegucigalpa, Honduras 2010
“The extensive and varied coursework offered at Texas State through the International Studies Program, in addition to the experience gained through its many internship opportunities, prepared me to successfully negotiate the rigorous State Department hiring process and has given me the skills needed to succeed as a Foreign Service Officer.”
-Tanya Rogers, MA 2008
Foreign Service Officer, Southeast Asian Desk, U.S. Department of State
“The International Studies Program, specifically the international business focus, provided me with an outstanding foundation to further my professional career in the international business arena.”
-Asher Ahrendt, BAIS 1999
"Through its rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, Texas State’s International Studies Program prepared me to pursue an advanced degree at the top Latin American Studies academic program in the country, and to eventually apply my knowledge in a real-world setting through employment in the US Intelligence Community."
-Tim Cunningham, Northeast Asia Deputy Program Manager, BAIS 1999
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Open Source Center
"The International Studies Program at Texas State University opened my eyes and mind to the world. The classroom discussions and assignments helped me sharpen my ability to analyze issues and problems from different angles and communicate what I learned in an articulate manner. Moreover, serving as an intern at the U.S. Department of State and studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, transformed my life in such positive ways. Majoring in International Studies provided me those opportunities. I feel like a better global citizen as a result."
-Ann V. Collins, BAIS 1989
Assistant Professor of Political Science, McKendree University
“Texas State University offers the best undergraduate and graduate degree in International Studies in the southwest.
-Geoffrey Connor, BAIS 1985
Attorney and Former Texas Secretary of State