The PhD in International Studies provides an opportunity to examine politics, societies and cultures around the world and how they interact. Faculty in this program come from across the social sciences (political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics) and projects typically emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to international development studies, global studies, or area studies. Our aim in the IS PhD program is to educate thoughtful and analytical thinkers who are able to understand and engage in the world around them. Our program focuses on developing highly systematic thinkers whether they use qualitative or quantitative methods, and we prioritize the combination of holistic analysis and academic rigor. PhD students in International Studies come from a wide variety of Masters Level Programs around the world. They engage their scholarship with international academic communities and spend some portion of their time during the PhD engaging in fieldwork abroad.