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Your passport to a Global Education Experience

University of St. Thomas Houston students with Colosseum in background during study abroad trip to Rome, Italy​We aren’t just a study abroad office. We’re home to one of the largest undergraduate programs on campus. You’ll learn about political and economic cultural diversity and how it’s relevant to your future.

Your experience will include:

  • Coursework
  • Study Abroad
  • Club activities and events
  • Internships
  • Community work

Helps you become an informed and active citizen in a global society, preparing you for careers in:

  • Public service
  • Teaching
  • Communications
  • International public law
  • Travel and tourism

You can also do this as a joint major with areas like:

  • Catholic studies
  • Communication
  • Political science
  • Spanish

Available as a major or a minor.

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Identifies common themes of importance to human development by combining the study of:

  • Catholic studies
  • Communication
  • Political science
  • Spanish

Additional technical training is provided in business-related fields including:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance

Major Degree Plan

The B.A./M.A. in Diplomacy & Strategic Affairs offers current UST international studies and international development majors the opportunity to begin graduate courses toward the MDSA during their senior year.

Degree Plan

A joint collaboration with UST’s Cameron School of Business.

Helps you be an effective problem solver and decision-maker in a global business context, preparing you for careers in:

  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Labor relations
  • Banking and finance
  • Economics
  • Product and supply chain management
  • Healthcare administration
  • Manufacturing

Major Degree Plan Learn More about the Bachelor of International Business program 

Spanish is the second most popular language in the United States, spoken by about 40 million people. Houston is one of the top 5 Spanish-speaking U.S. metropolitan areas.

Learning Spanish can open up new doors of opportunity for you in:

  • Government
  • Industry and commerce
  • Travel and tourism
  • Interpretation/translation
  • Service and education
  • Arts, media and entertainment

Available as a major or a minor.

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The mission of the Master of Arts in Diplomacy & Strategic Affairs Program (MDSA), a Master of Arts degree, is to prepare learners with advanced knowledge and skills with which to effectively understand and engage in international and cross-cultural transactions.

Degree Plan


Includes international studies, politics, intercultural issues and studies of Europe, Latin America, East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Equips you with better understanding and ability to systematically analyze global politics, cultures and economics.  
  • Through electives, students can deepen their understanding of regions in the world or topics such as diplomacy, conflict, economic and political development and cross-cultural communication.  
  • The IS minor is an important addition to majors in all fields in which graduates will work in diverse communities or teams and/or international partners and settings.

Minor Plan

Includes international studies, political science, Spanish and history classes totaling 18 credit hours.

Helps you develop:

  • An understanding of the histories, cultures and societies of Latin America
  • A deeper knowledge of the historical and contemporary interaction of Latin American states and the U.S.
  • Greater awareness and appreciation of social realities, migration patterns, politics, economics, arts and literature

Prepares you for a career in:

  • Government
  • Business
  • Private industry
  • Law
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International teaching
  • Peace Corps
  • Military service

Minor Plan

Offers you the opportunity to engage in more focused study of the history, cultures, language (Japanese or Mandarin), and current affairs of East Asian states and their relationship with the U.S.

Given the region’s economic, security, and diplomatic importance to the world and the United States, the Federal Government has identified East Asia as a region of critical importance.

Prepares you for a career in:

  • Federal government
  • International business
  • Military and intelligence
  • Law and politics
  • Media

Minor Plan

Spanish is the world’s second-most spoken language (after Mandarin Chinese), making the study of Spanish a wise investment of time for anyone looking forward to a future in international business and trade. 

 Prepares you for a career in:

  • Education
  • Local and federal government
  • Business
  • Law
  • Nonprofit and advocacy organizations
  • Peace Corps

Minor Plan

You can add a 12-hour concentration or certificate to any major program. This is a great opportunity to focus general elective hours toward deeper specialization.

University of St. Thomas students in Argentina during study abroad trip

At UST, the world is your laboratory and you’re the researcher living in the experiment.

We provide study abroad programs for all students and you can study abroad as early as your freshman year!

Each year, we host 9 faculty-led group programs, each of which runs about 2-3 weeks. Plus, you can study at partner schools across the globe.


UST students study abroad in Japan
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan invited 21 UST undergraduate students to participate in Japan's Friendship Ties program which promotes a people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States.

As ambassadors, students went on cultural excursions, learned about Japanese culture and the economy, and engaged in discussion with Japanese counterparts.

The World Revolves Around You With our program, everything happens within one department. Working with your adviser, you’ll be able to tailor your degree. When we write the curriculum, we’re writing it with the flow of the degree in mind. The courses speak to each other. Faculty members know where you’ve been and where you’re going. Everyone moves in a common direction.

In most international studies programs, you’ll take a set number of courses in Political Science, History, Economics, etc. And they’re all separate experiences developed separately from each other that only come together on a degree plan.


ActivitiesAt the Center, your success is defined by more than just academics. We have an active student life to help you sharpen your social skills. Clubs include:

  • Chinese Culture and Language Association
  • French Club
  • International Study Society
  • Japanese Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Political Science
  • Spanish Club
  • UNICEF Club