Mar 03, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

4+1 International Studies to Masters in Humanities or Social Sciences

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The International Studies BA/MHMSS (Master of Humanities/Master of Social Science Program) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides an expedited interdisciplinary program of study that allows participating students to complete an interdisciplinary Bachelor degree in International Studies and an interdisciplinary Master degree in Humanities or Social Science through the MHMSS program in five years. INTS students interested in participating apply for either the MH or MSS degree no earlier than their first semester of junior-year standing as an undergraduate. Students may further choose to concentrate in one of the MH or MSS tracks. (For track information, see descriptions of the MH and MSS degree programs in the graduate catalog.) Upon acceptance, students take five graduate-level courses beginning the second semester of their junior year (or its equivalent) and through the whole of their senior year. Because these classes “double count,” they fulfill requirements for both the BA major and the Master degree in Humanities or Social Science. Students then continue graduate studies exclusively in the chosen degree plan, either MH or MSS, to complete their master degree by the end of their fifth year in CLAS at CU Denver.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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Admissions Requirements and Process

  • Interested students should contact their INTS advisor and the MH or MSS advisor as early as possible to ensure proper planning for the five year degree. 
  • To qualify, students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in CLAS. All courses taken at the 4000- and 5000-level must be completed with at least a B or higher.
  • Students may apply to the program during the semester in which they will successfully complete 90 semester hours, and should have most of their general education and major requirements completed by this time.

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

Program Requirements

Students in the 5-year INTS BA/MHMSS Program must satisfy all existing requirements for both an undergraduate degree in CLAS with a major in International Studies and a Master of Humanities or Social Science degree. These requirements can be fulfilled through multiple possible paths through the department’s curriculum:

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in CLAS course work.

Program Options

BA/MHMSS students may choose to do a general MH or MSS degree or select a track concentration within the degree plan, including Social Justice, Philosophy and Theory, Visual Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, International Studies, Community Health, and Society and Environment.

Degree Confirmation

Students are eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree once they have successfully completed 120 semester hours and all CLAS requirements. The BA/MHMSS will be conferred once the student has completed all requirements of the Master of Humanities or Master of Social Science degree, including at least 36 hours of graduate level course work.

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