During the first two years, SFS students devote their time to exploring the multidisciplinary core curriculum. The core lays the academic foundation for entry into one of the school's seven advanced interdisciplinary major programs. Unlike traditional discipline based major programs, SFS majors allow students the opportunity to draw upon resources from across the university. Students with specific interests can take advantage of course offerings and faculty expertise in many departments, allowing students to concentrate upon themes or regions of special interest. Combining the tools and methods of multiple disciplines allows student to gain unique insights into the problems and challenges facing the global community and prepares students for entry into a wide range of career fields after graduation.
During the second year, all SFS students will formally declare one of the following advanced interdisciplinary major programs:
- Culture & Politics
- International Economics
- International History
- International Politics
- International Political Economy
- Regional & Comparative Studies
- Science, Technology, & International Affairs
Each major's home page outlines specific requirements, concentrations, course offerings, and overseas study opportunities.