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Requirements for Major » Regional Concentrations

International Studies majors develop a depth of knowledge about a regional interest by taking 9 credits of regional coursework.

A region can be defined:

  • geographically
  • linguistically (example: the French-speaking world)
  • religiously (example: the Islamic world)
  • ethnically (example: the African diaspora outside the United States)

How to select regional courses:

  • Courses must be 300/400-level and come from departments outside of INTL
  • Must focus on the culture of the region of choice
  • Regional courses cannot focus in the United States. They will be taken through departments other than International Studies, such as the area studies programs or through overseas study programs.
  • Can be taught in another language, but cannot be focused on language development (Example: HISP-S 411 Spain: The Cultural Context is acceptable; HISP-S 326 Intro to Hispanic Linguistics is not.)
  • Can be taken while studying abroad, provided the courses transfer back to IUB at the 300/400-level.
  • It is a good idea to consult with your academic advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies as you select regional courses.

The browser version of the Schedule of Classes is helpful in looking around for relevant courses.

The following is a list of IU departments which host region-specific courses. The list is not comprehensive.

Art History
Central Eurasian Studies
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Folklore and Ethnomusicology
French and Italian
Germanic Studies
Jewish Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Religious Studies
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Spanish and Portuguese

African Studies Program
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Dhar India Studies
Institute for European Studies
Russian and East European Institute