University of Washington

International Studies Program (ISP)

For more than 25 years, CGS has directed an interdisciplinary social science-based, international studies curriculum for undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate students. For both undergraduate majors and graduate students, ISP core curricula provide foundational knowledge and theory in anthropology, economics, geography, history, politics, and sociology as each discipline relates to international and global affairs.

Beyond core curricula, all students complete language training, as well as concentrations in the thematic and regional studies field of their choice. ISP success is built on the excellence of its teaching faculty, representing the full spectrum of social science and humanities disciplines, significant professional school expertise, field knowledge of regions and languages from every corner of the world, and many with teaching awards from UW and other higher education institutions.

ISP’s mission is to provide inquiry-based education so that students have practical skills and knowledge to bridge the scholar-practitioner divide and can be responsible, knowledgeable leaders in their respective careers.

For more information about the Undergraduate Program, follow the links on the menu to the left and also please visit the Student Services office at the Jackson School Thomson 111.

For more information about the Graduate Program follow the links on the menu to the left and also please visit the Student Services office at the Jackson School in Thomson 111.


International Studies Program Course Lists

For current class time schedules go to the University of Washington's Online Course Catalog. Once at that site you can view current, previous and future International Studies class offerings. For information about required classes for the International Studies degree programs go to the Undergraduate or Graduate Program links above.

Task Force

Each year, IS majors engage in a small group seminar focused on a current policy issue. By focusing in depth on an important global issue, Task Force students sharpen their skills in applying ideas and tools acquired during their course of study.

2013 Task Forces include: Making European Citizens: Assessing Challenges and the Road Ahead; First Amendment Rights, New Democracies and U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S. Policy toward Russia and Its Neighbors; U.S.-Burma Relations: Next Steps; A New Great Game? U.S. Interests in Central Asia: Azerbaijian, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan; The International Criminal Court: Assessing Mass Atrocity Crimes; and Arctic Security in the 21st Century: Emerging Issues and Challenges.

For more information about Task Force, visit the Task Force website.



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Center for Global Studies
International Studies Program
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 685-2707
(206) 685-0668 fax

Sara R. Curran
(206) 543-6479

Tamara Leonard
Associate Director
(206) 685-2354

Lauren Dobrovolny
Program Coordinator
(206) 685-2707

Robyn Davis
Fellowships Coordinator
(206) 616-8679