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International Studies Major

Learning How the World Works

International Studies majors are interested in the workings of the world and are curious about how individual events make a global impact. Our students build a foundational knowledge of geography, history, and world politics and experience firsthand how to work in an international environment during an intensive, semester-long practicum abroad.

You will take electives that will develop your understanding across disciplines, from philosophy and religion to business and economics to art, culture, and politics. All International Studies majors culminate their degrees in writing original theses that connect their hands-on experiences with class information and real-world issues.

The World You Want to Live in

Each International Studies major chooses an area to focus his or her studies. Students can choose from international ideas, like justice and ministry, or cultures, like the Middle East or East Asia. Check out our variety of concentrations.

  • African, Asian, and Latin American Studies: Explore the history and geography of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while gaining an understanding of their places in the global context.
  • Cross-Cultural Ministries: Prepare for a future in international missions by learning intercultural communication, anthropology, foundations of ministry, and many more necessary skills.
  • East Asian Studies: Study the history, religions, and cultures of East Asia and develop a deeper appreciation for Asian art, music, and language.
  • European Studies: Learn the religious, intellectual, and political backstories of modern-day Europe and compare time periods like the Reformation and Enlightenment to present-day Europe.
  • Middle East Studies: Study the modern Middle East not only from Taylor’s campus, but also abroad at Jerusalem University College or in the Middle East Studies Program.
  • Spanish Language and Literature: Combine your interest in the world with an advanced understanding and appreciation of Spanish language and literature. Students in this concentration have the option to study the Spanish culture, civilization, and language in the Latin American Studies Program or Semester in Spain program.
  • Peace, Reconciliation, and Justice: Study the modern civil rights movement, African-American history, and other topics related to the psychology, history, and peace, reconciliation, and justice.
  • World Literature: Gain a broader view of the written word by stepping out of the English literature niche and into world literature. Study courses in drama, classical literature, contemporary literature, and critical approaches to literature at Taylor or abroad through the Literacy London and Oxford Studies programs.
  • World Politics and Economics: Learn economic development, international economics, foreign policy, and other topics that develop your understanding of world politics and business.

International Studies Minor

If you want to gain a broader perspective of the complexities of the world, consider a minor in International Studies. You will gain a foundational understanding of humanity and cultures from around the globe. This minor pairs well with any major that would benefit from global engagement, such as Multimedia Journalism, History, and Business.

International Studies Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the History, Global & Political Studies Department

Dr. Kevin Johnson, Chair of the Department of History, Global & Political Studies

Desirae Crouch, History, Global & Political Studies Program Assistant

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History, Global & Political Studies Department
A History of Excellence

Covering everything from philosophy and economics to history and international studies, the History, Global & Political Studies department helps students challenge assumptions, make connections, and apply historical knowledge to contemporary current issues.

The wide variety of disciplines and majors represented in the department are grounded in research, analysis, critical thinking, and truth seeking. Through these values—as well as through practical learning in discussions, case studies, lectures, and simulations—students develop fresh insights and perspectives that join textbook knowledge with global realities and a Christian worldview.

Not only are the History, Global & Political Studies professors serious about what they teach, they’re serious about incorporating their own personalities in the classroom and encouraging their students to do the same. The faculty create a family atmosphere—hosting movie nights, meals, and badminton tournaments while prompting their students to join in career development opportunities like research groups, the American Studies Program, and Taylor’s chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Council.

Learn More About History, Global & Political Studies at Taylor
See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, explain how a History, Global & Political Science degree will prepare you to fulfill your passions and advance God’s kingdom.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Kevin Johnson

Chair of the History, Global & Political Science Department & Assistant Professor of History



Elizabeth George

Associate Professor of History


Nicholas Kerton-Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations


Jakob Miller

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Ben Wetzel

Assistant Professor of History



Desirae Crouch

History, Global & Political Studies Program Assistant