International studies

International studies (IS) is the study of international relations from a multidisciplinary perspective.[1][2] Predominant topics are global politics, international economics and law, which is used to scientifically study the relations between sovereign nations states existing in a complex network of political alliances, diplomacy, trade networks, and legal institutions.[2] The term international studies is used to demarcate the discipline from international relations, which is often studied as simply a subdiscipline of political science.[3] International studies may, due to its focus on multiple academic disciplines, be studied over several university departments, or as a specialised study programme within a single department.


  1. The British International Studies Association (2016). About International Studies. Archived 20 July 2018. Accessed 3/4/2017
  2. Flinders University. (2010). Bachelor of International Studies. Archived 24 September 2010. Accessed 21/9/2010
  3. Comparative politics. Daniele Caramani (Fifth ed.). Oxford. 2020. ISBN 978-0-19-882060-4. OCLC 1144813972.CS1 maint: others (link)