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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies BA

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In a world where the forces of politics, commerce, culture, and technology are multifaceted and interconnected, the International Studies major provides students with a much­needed global perspective. International Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree that prepares students for international careers and graduate study. The International Studies major offers students a deep understanding of complex international issues and the underlying drivers that are shaping our world. Employers seek the qualities of International Studies graduates: historical knowledge, research ability, cross­cultural competence, teamwork and leadership experience, and the ability to analyze, model, and solve real­world problems. The INTS major provides students the methodological tools necessary to analyze various regions of the world and global issues from different academic disciplines. Students can take courses from departments including Anthropology, Business, Communication, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Political Science, and Religious Studies, among others. This combination of coursework, flexibility, and customization provides International Studies majors a distinctive and valuable degree for today’s world.

Degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic program, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

International Studies students are expected to develop both a regional zone of expertise and thematic specialization. Students should choose courses from the introductory, zone, and theme lists that contribute to developing both a broad and deep understanding of international issues.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. 16 classes (48 credits) are required.
  2. Students may transfer in a maximum of 24 credits.
  3. A minimum grade of C- is required for all major courses.
  4. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all courses that apply toward the major.
  5. Students may use up to 6 internship credits toward International Studies graduation requirements.
  6. Students may use up to 6 credits of independent study toward International Studies graduation requirements.
  7. All International Studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Non­native English speakers may use English for their language proficiency. Language requirements may be fulfilled by successful completion of the fourth semester of a foreign language course sequence or by passing an equivalent proficiency exam. Two 2000-­level language courses may be used toward the major (but not for Zone or Focus Theme requirements). 3000-­ and 4000-­level language courses may be counted toward the Zone, Focus Theme, or other requirements. 1000-­level language courses cannot be counted toward the major but may be used to fulfill other graduation requirements.

    Take all of the following introductory courses:

  • INTS 2020 - Foundations of International Studies
  • ECON 2012 - Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

  • PSCI 3042 - Introduction to International Relations or
  • PSCI 3022 - Political Systems of the World

  • HIST 4032 - Globalization in World History Since 1945

  • COMM 4720 - Dynamics of Global Communication or
  • ANTH 2102 - Culture and the Human Experience

    Take the following International Studies Capstone course:

  • INTS 4990 - International Studies Capstone
  • (taken in a student’s final year of the program)



    Take ten courses drawn from one Zone of Expertise and one Focus Theme:

    • At least four courses from one Zone of Expertise. At least four courses from one Focus Theme.
    • At least one High Impact course beyond the Capstone, e.g., global study, study abroad, internship, service learning, or independent study.
    • Students must take courses in at least two different disciplines for both their Zone of Expertise and Focus Theme.
    • Students who do not apply two 2000­level language courses to their degree must use those two course slots for additional courses related to their chosen Zone of Expertise and/or Focus Theme.


    Zones of Expertise:

    • Africa (Sub­Saharan; French or other relevant language) Asia (Chinese or other relevant language)
    • Colonial, Neo­Colonial, & Post­Colonial Worlds (English for non­native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language)
    • Europe (English for non­native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language) Global (any language, English for non­native speakers)
    • Islamic World (Arabic or other relevant language) Latin America (Spanish or other relevant language)
    • North America (English for non­native speakers, French, Spanish, or other relevant language)


    Focus Themes:

    • Activism, Resistance, & Social Justice
    • Environmental Studies
    • Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration
    • Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
    • Global Arts & Cultures
    • Global Development Studies
    • Global Health Studies
    • International Business, Communication, & Media
    • International Political Economy
    • Peace, Human Rights, & Security 


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