American University of Sharjah

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Bachelor of arts in international studies
We live in a world where much professional information is outdated quickly. Creative problem solving and an understanding of the historical and social complexity of the world are very important.

Our graduates can think on their feet, and understand the big picture and the different angles of society. They have vision and a sense of social conscience. We understand that without these, no profession is either sustainable or worthwhile as a legacy. With these, a graduate can steadily become a leader in almost any walk of life.

Our department thus far has produced students who have gone on to work in the governmental sector, international business, as well as in international agencies. Increasingly, many of our graduates have gone on to graduate studies at some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

One of the many exciting aspects about our department is the number of diverse courses we offer. We weave together strands from all social sciences and many of the humanities, as well as from professional fields such as international law. This diverse and comprehensive palette of courses forms a coherent program, rooting our students in their time and place while empowering them to successfully handle the varied nuances of the contemporary world.

Our curriculum assists students in acquiring a broad understanding of world cultures and events. We offer specialized study in international relations, international economics, Arab studies and Western studies concentrations, as well as minors in international studies, governmental studies, history, psychology, American studies, women's studies and philosophy.

Upon graduation, our students are able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts, analytical perspectives and methodologies employed in the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, geography and political science.
  • employ the critical skills necessary for evaluating primary and secondary sources for their validity, accuracy and biases.
  • identify and explain key political, historical and cultural developments in the Arab world and the Middle East
  • reflect on course work to improve professional skills and better define career aspirations
  • demonstrate the capacity for research in one of the major areas for study