Welcome to International & Area Studies Academic Program

At UC Berkeley

IAS provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international and global issues. Comprised of six undergraduate majors and three graduate degree programs, IAS is a unique intellectual domain. At a historical moment of unprecedented inter-connectedness, IAS trains students in the knowledge and skills that are fundamental components of global citizenship and practice. IAS has strategically adopted an interdisciplinary approach to such training, with the belief that no single discipline can prepare students in the depth and breadth necessary for a complex and reflexive understanding of world history and contemporary globalization. Accordingly, IAS offers interdisciplinary core courses in fields such as political economy, development studies, and peace & conflict studies, and then incorporates courses offered through many other departments, offering students a rigorous, but flexible, curriculum which recognizes that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom.

We, at IAS, are committed to undergraduate teaching and are an integral part of the Division of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) in the College of Letters and Science (L&S). The IAS degree programs are chaired by distinguished UC Berkeley faculty, as our teachers are rated as some of the best on campus, and our highly experienced staff provide expert advising and student services throughout the year.

Peace & Conflict Studies Major is Changing (Posted 5-30-14; Updated 7-8-14)

Are you an intended Peace & Conflict Studies major? Are you a declared Peace & Conflict Studies major planning to graduate at the end of Spring 2015 or later?

Be sure to check out the upcoming changes to the PACS major below, which will begin in the Summer 2015 semester!

Political Economy Eligibility is Changing (Posted 6-25-13)

Are you an intended Political Economy major?

Be sure to check out the new PE eligibility requirements below, which will begin in the Fall 2014 semester!

Contact IAS


101 Stephens Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2306

Office Hours

M-Th: 9:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
Fri: 9:30-12:00
(Last students will be seen 15 minutes before closing)

Tel: (510) 642-4466 | Fax: (510) 642-9850
Email: iastp@berkeley.edu

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