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International Studies students

Requirements for Major

The Department of International Studies offers two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The two degree options begin the same way, making it easy to adjust your path as your interests develop. Advanced students pursuing the B.A. also have the option of applying for the new five-year Integrated BA/MA degree. The department also offers a minor in International Studies and a Certificate in Global Service.

Students select a thematic concentration through which they gain an understanding of a topic or set of issues across several different cultures. They also choose a regional focus in order to develop a depth of knowledge about a particular region.

All International Studies majors fortify their degree through extensive foreign language study, an overseas experience, and a minor that connects to their thematic or regional focus. A final Capstone Project allows you to tie your interests together in an in-depth research project.

Students should consult the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Bulletin to learn about their specific degree requirements, based on their date of matriculation.

Requirements for students matriculating in Fall of 2017

Students must complete at least 35 credit hours of coursework, including the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements and the following:

  • Introduction to International Studies. Complete both a and b (3 courses total):
    • Two (2) courses from the following:
      • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment
      • INTL-I 203 Global Development
      • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law
      • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics
      • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict
      • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance
    • One (1) additional INTL course at 100–200 level
  • Research Design.
    • INTL-I 315 Research Design in International Studies (completion of I315 before the overseas experience is strongly recommended)
  • Advanced Electives. Complete at least four (4) courses from the following list, including at least one (1) course at the 400 level:
    • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies
    • INTL-I 302 Advanced Topics in Global Health and Environment
    • INTL-I 303 Advanced Topics in Global Development
    • INTL-I 304 Advanced Topics in Human Rights and International Law
    • INTL-I 305 Advanced Topics in International Communication and the Arts
    • INTL-I 306 Advanced Topics in Peace and Conflict
    • INTL-I 310 Advanced Topics in Diplomacy, Security, Governance
    • INTL-I 420 Environment: Global Perspectives
    • INTL-I 421 Human Rights and the Arts
    • INTL-I 422 Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities
    • INTL-I 423 Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses
    • INTL-I 424 War and Peace
    • INTL-I 425 Gender: International Perspectives
    • INTL-I 426 Advanced Topics in International Studies
    • INTL-I 427 Issues in Global Development and Political Economy
    • INTL-I 428 Social Justice and the Environment
    • INTL-I 429 Global Health Politics
    • INTL-I 499 Seminar in Conflict Studies
  • Capstone. Complete one (1) of the following:
    • INTL-I 400 International Studies Capstone Seminar
    • INTL-I 406 Honors International Studies Capstone Seminar
  • Career. Complete one (1) of the following:
    • ASCS-Q 296 College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience
    • ASCS-Q 299 College to Career III: Market Yourself for the Job and Internship Search
  • Foreign Language1. Complete one (1) of the following (a, b or c):
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the third year of college-level coursework (6 semesters)
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework and another foreign language through the second semester of the first year (4 + 2 semesters)
    • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework (4 semesters) and the first semester of a second foreign language and the first semester of a third foreign language (4 + 1 + 1 semesters)
  • Electives. Complete additional INTL courses, as needed, to complete all major requirements.
  • Additional Requirements. Complete both a and b:
    • International Experience. Overseas experience (study or internship) of at least 6 weeks duration, approved in advance by the Department of International Studies.
    • Minor. Complete a minor related to international studies approved in advance by the Department of International Studies.

Non-native speakers of English may petition the Department of International Studies for exemption from third-year language study. Students eligible for a waiver may need to take additional credit hours in International Studies courses.

Matriculated 2013-Summer 2017

Common requirements for B.A. and B.S. (minimum of 41 credit hours):

  • Two core courses chosen from INTL-I 202-210; These introduce the thematic concentrations and students must take the intro course for the concentration they plan to choose.
  • Four INTL 300/400-level courses:
    • Two INTL 300-level Advanced Topics courses corresponding to the chosen thematic concentration. Student will take two of the same course number with different topics.
    • Two additional INTL 300/400-level courses of the student’s choosing
  • Three 300/400-level regional concentration courses (9 credits) to be taken outside of department
  • Six semesters of foreign language
  • INTL-I315 Research Design
  • International Experience (minimum six weeks)
  • INTL-I400 Capstone Seminar
  • ASCS-Q 296 - College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience, or
    ASCS-Q 299 - College to Career III: Market Yourself for the Job and Internship Search
  • An outside minor related to thematic or regional interests

Additional B.S. Requirements

  • ECON-E201 Microeconomics
  • ECON-E203 Introduction to International Economics (or approved equivalent)
  • An approved quantitative reasoning course
  • Outside minor in a relevant social or natural science field emphasizing quantitative reasoning and preferably related to the thematic concentration

Matriculated Prior to Summer 2013

International Studies majors who matriculated prior to summer 2013 should consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for degree completion requirements and refer to the Pre-2009 and 2009-2012 Academic Planning Sheets.

Thematic Concentrations

  • Culture and the Arts (Core Course: INTL I201)
  • Global Health and Environment (Core Course: INTL I202)
  • Global Integration and Development (Core Course: INTL I203)
  • Human Rights and Social Movements (Core Course: INTL I204)
  • International Communication (Core Course: INTL I205)
  • Nations, States and Boundaries (Core Course: INTL I206)

B.A. in International Studies (minimum of 35 credit hours):

Sample B.A. Curriculum Pre-Summer 2013