Undergraduate Programs

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies offers six majors and 17 minors in international studies at the undergraduate level. Students who Major in International Studies may concentrate in one of ten regional studies options, one of two thematic programs, or pursue a broader course of study within the general program in International Studies.

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies offers six majors and 17 minors in international studies at the undergraduate level. Students who Major in International Studies may concentrate in one of ten regional studies options, one of two thematic programs, or pursue a broader course of study within the general program in International Studies.

WHY STUDY AT THE JACKSON SCHOOL?

At the Jackson School we build on a foundation of deep area knowledge in order to see moments within broader contexts. In doing so, we bridge racial, religious, economic and cultural differences to lead our global and interdependent community forward. This is how we teach. And this is how our students learn.

The 45 core Jackson School faculty represent a broad spectrum of social science disciplines and speak and research in over 40 languages other than English. They have won numerous awards for their teaching and scholarship within the UW and abroad. Additionally, our practitioner faculty connect students to real world experiences and opportunities.

Our location in Seattle, a global hub of commerce, philanthropy and policy, provides a diverse and dynamic environment that connects our alumni with careers in both traditional international studies career tracks and in growing career markets. You can find our alumni at:

  • Congressional staffers
  • Department of Justice
  • Amazon
  • China Daily
  • UW Medicine
  • Binaytara Foundation
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Washington STEM
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • FishWise
  • World Concern
  • James Borden Consulting
  • International Rescue Committee
  • McKinsey & Company
  • PATH
  • Peking University, China
  • Peace Corps
  • Smartsheet
  • Starbucks
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • UNICEF
  • Freelance translator and editor
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Village Reach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jackson School is a founding member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Minors

JSIS Departmental Honors Program

The Jackson School Honors Program is intended for students with the aptitude and commitment required to pursue an in-depth research project, culminating in a thesis of about 30 pages. A UW CUM GPA of 3.30 and major GPA of 3.5 is required.

Interested students must complete JSIS 300 (Claims & Evidence) [Note: This course may be in progress during Spring 2024 application]. The Honors Program application is due on the 6th Friday of Spring quarter. If accepted, Honors students are then enrolled in JSIS 491 (Senior Honors Seminar) in Autumn quarter of their senior year. In this course, they work on thesis conceptualization and research design and are matched up with a faculty member who is an expert in the student’s area of research. Students spend Winter quarter collecting data and writing their theses. Registration for JSIS 492 (5 cr. honors thesis writing with thesis adviser) is required in Winter quarter. The final thesis is submitted in Spring quarter of senior year.

Interested students should make an appointment with the JSIS Honors Advisers, Joni Marts and Sabrina Tatta using the appointments system (choose the Current JSIS majors category ‘JSIS Departmental Honors’)

Honors Application Form

See a student profile of a Jackson School major’s in-depth study of contemporary Korean dramas.