International and Area Studies

David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies

Located in the heart of Brigham Young University’s campus, the Kennedy Center is a dynamic, global center offering a broad spectrum of study and service opportunities. Our richly diverse but intimately interconnected world challenges us to develop a breadth of knowledge and a depth of understanding to comprehend our complex international neighborhood. The Kennedy Center is committed to the university’s injunction to “enter to learn—go forth to serve” and its aspiration to make “the world our campus.”

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    International Study Programs

    Study Abroad: BYU's traditional off-campus study programs. In these programs students are able to further their general education; pursue specialized courses in languages, the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and other fields; gain valuable insights into their own country; and further international understanding.

    Direct Enrollment: Students are integrated into an international university, taught by faculty native to that county, and are not accompanied by BYU faculty.

    International Internships: Short-term, on-the-job apprentice training abroad under the direction of a firm, government agency, NGO, or other such institution.

    Field Studies: A research experience abroad for small numbers of students directed by faculty, who generally do not accompany the students.

    International and Area Studies Program Coordinators

    Africana Studies, Chantal Thompson
    Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Eric Huntsman
    Asian Studies, Eric A. Hyer
    European Studies, Nick Mason
    International Development, Tim Heaton
    International Relations, Ray Christensen
    Latin American Studies, Christopher Lund
    Middle East Studies / Arabic, Quinn Mecham

    Admission to Degree Programs

    All undergraduate international and area studies degree programs are open enrollment.

    Graduation Requirements

    To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

    • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
    • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
    • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office