2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

International Studies, B.A.

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The International Studies major educates students about emerging global and international issues concerning culture, politics, art, religion, and social policy. Its purpose is to produce an informed and broadly educated global citizenry who can then take this learning to both private and public sector professions and arenas that address a wide variety of international issues and global challenges. International Studies students will take a set of core courses in politics, history, religion, and art. They will then take a concentraiton of courses in a particular thematic area international relations, European studies, British studies, or global art and architecture – that corresponds to their intellectual interests and professional goals. This knowledge will require language skills, study-abroad experience, analytical and reasoning skills, cross-cultural attitudinal skills, substantive knowledge about geographic areas, and knowledge about specific contemporary global and cultural issues and processes.

Because the major is 39 credits, excluding foreign language requirements, students will be able to double major or minor in an area that complements their International  Studies major.


Program Features

Highlights of the Major

  • Minimum of 39 credits (excluding language)
  • Focus on a concentration (21 credits)
  • Required capstone course (3 credits)
  • Foreign language (Intermediate II level with C- or better, or proficiency exam)
  • Study-abroad experience (minimum of 3 credits)
  • Minor of 15 -21 credits is required


  • Fine Arts (1 course) ADAH, ADSA, FPAR, MUS, PHIL 420
  • Literature/Language/Religion (1 course)
  • Philogosphy (1 course)
  • Electives (2 courses) ADAH, ADSA, ENGL, FPAR< FREN, HUM, MUS, PHIL, REL, SPAN

Social Sciences:

  • American History/Political Science (1 course) HIST 121, 122, 131, 132, or PSCI 101
  • Electives (2 course) HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning:

  • Science (1 course) BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI
  • Math (higher than 115) or Science (1 course)

Requirements for the Major:

 (39 credits total)


Students must select a concentration in consultation with the adviser to the major. Below is a list of 5 possible tracks. 



Comparative Culture Studies

(7 courses)

British Studies

(7 courses)

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency on one language other than the student’s native language. Proficiency may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  1. completion of 4 semesters of college-level coursework in the same language with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher for those courses; OR
  2. satisfactory completion of an intensive foreign language study program abroad or in the United States (as determined by the International Studies program director); OR
  3. obtaining a written certification of proficiency from an individual who is competent to make such a determination (as determined by the International Studies program director); OR
  4. for international students whose native language is not English, achieving a TOFEL score of 525 or greater.

This is in addition to the 39 credits listed above.


Study-Abroad Experience (at least 3 credits)

Student must complete one of the following: (1) a semester- or year-long for-credit study-abroad program, (2) a short-term faculty-led study-abroad program for a minimum of 3 credits, or (3) an internship abroad for a minimum of 3 credits. 

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