Thousands of students from the Chicago area and the region now have an affordable
way to pursue international studies thanks to a new degree program in the field at
Chicago State University. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved the
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, which brings together Chicago State’s many
globally oriented programs under one focus.
The new degree program gives students a way to make international studies the core
of their college education. Chicago State is now the only public university in Illinois
to offer an undergraduate degree in international studies. This opens the door to
an affordable global education for thousands of residents of the state.
The new degree program is housed in CSU’s department of History, Philosophy and Political
Science. Students can choose a concentration from such areas as international relations,
law, history, public health, environmentalism and others.
Department chair Dr. Thomas Bernard Rowan, III, who headed the effort to create the
program said there are many students already at Chicago State who are interested in
this major, but until now had no central focus with an international or global perspective.
“There is a demand for this program, not only from our students, but also from area
high schools students who want an affordable, challenging program that will prepare
them for international endeavors,” said Rowan.
Chicago State already has several offerings with a global emphasis including nine
foreign languages, international marketing, and geography.
For more information on the international studies program, contact Dr. Rowan at 773-995-2439.