Bradley’s Institute of International Studies offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. The International Studies major is appropriately diversified to offer a broad political, historical and cultural background as well as to prepare students either for direct entry into government, business or professional service, or for graduate study in international relations, international law, or a related field. Bradley’s Institute of International Studies program remains one of the nation’s few self-contained programs devoted exclusively to undergraduate education in International Studies. Unlike programs at most institutions, International Studies at Bradley is not an interdisciplinary or inter-departmental major, but rather a single academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students in Bradley’s International Studies program work directly with faculty members who all hold a Ph.D. in international studies or a related field. Two are former Fulbright Scholars to Slovenia and Spain respectively. The Institute’s faculty is committed to providing a strong pre-professional as well as general program of undergraduate study in international relations drawing students from all areas of the country and around the world.
Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s International Studies faculty include:
- East Asian international relations and security
- European Union affairs
- Latin American international relations
- International development
- Middle Eastern international relations
- U.S. foreign policy
- Intelligence in world affairs
Professors bring their interests to the students, allowing them to explore and research global topics inside the classroom.
Bradley’s Distinctive Approach
Outside of the classroom, Bradley International Studies majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences from which to choose, including:
- International Affairs Organization
- Model United Nations Club
- Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Many students have held internships with organizations such as:
- the U.S. Department of State
- various Congressional staffs and committees
- the CIA
- the United Nations
International Studies majors can participate in a seven-week long program sponsored by the Fund for American Studies, located at Georgetown University. This program allows students to spend mornings interning with a U.S. Government agency, foreign embassy, or other public policy related organization. Classes are conducted in the afternoons, and many evenings are devoted to presentations by Washington dignitaries.
More than 80 percent of International Studies majors engage in a study abroad experience prior to graduation.
Beyond Bradley University
Bradley International Studies graduates enjoy an excellent placement record. Positions held by Institute alumni include:
- Senior Executive Vice President Banque Nationale de Paris in Singapore
- Manager, General Reinsurance in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with the U.S. Department of State
- Analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency
- Manager, International Trade Center in St. Louis, MO
- Attorney, Lane and Mittendorf in Vienna, Austria
- Development Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development