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 a maximum of 15 credit hours of 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.
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These requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, 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 faculty advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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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.
Student and faculty will work together to submit an intent to complete the program form to CLAS Advising.
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.
To secure admission to the Master's in Humanities or Master's in Social Science graduate program, students must apply to the graduate program during the semester in which they will successfully complete their degree, and should have most of their general education and major requirements completed by this time.
- Application requirements may differ from the traditional 2 year MH/MSS, which is why students need to work closely with faculty advisors and the Humanities or Social Sciences graduate program directors for more information and to ensure they are following the best track to complete coursework so that they only have one year after completing the undergraduate degree, to complete the graduate requirements for Humanities or Social Sciences.
- 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.
- A minimum of 48 undergraduate credit hours in the International Studies program and 36 graduate credits hours in Humanities or Social Sciences must be completed to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree through this 4+1 program.
- Up to 15 graduate level credit hours in Humanities or Social Sciences coursework may be taken by International Studies undergraduates accepted to the 4+1 program, and these credits will count both towards completion of the International Studies undergraduate degree, and the graduate degree, if the student is later accepted into the graduate program. No more than 15 credit hours may "double-count" for the MH/ MSS. Elective courses must be in accordance with Graduate School Policies, therefore, meeting with an advisor regularly is recommended.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.5. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in any graduate level course for it to later be counted towards graduate degree requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 24 upper-division (3000-level and above) credit hours and all graduate level credits with CU Denver faculty.
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.
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