This major gives students a broad view of the world with an emphasis on developing regions. The core ensures that students have broad exposure to major world religions, international politics and government, recent global history and relationships between geography, culture, arts and society. This major is a good point of departure for pursuing an international-related master’s degree and/or many careers, including international business, diplomacy and fields related to human development.
Additional Policies for International Studies Majors
International studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English at the 202 level or higher. This can be accomplished by completing a 202 (or 300, 305, or 400) course in a language or by verification through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department (i.e. determined by examination or through some other means of confirming proficiency).
International studies majors must have a study-abroad experience, normally in a non-English speaking country, for at least 12 weeks, including a minimum of nine weeks of study through an approved college-level institution. Please see the Study Abroad section of this bulletin. This must be approved in writing by an international studies academic adviser. Up to 12 credits may be applied to the area and advanced disciplinary studies requirement of the major with prior approval of the academic adviser. International students or resident aliens who wish to major in international studies may petition the international studies academic adviser for exemption from the requirement for study abroad.
A course in economics is required for international studies majors. (An EC course from foundations of social sciences is recommended.)
A program approval for international studies majors and minors must be prepared and approved by an academic adviser from the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and a copy forwarded to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office is not able to perform a degree audit until it receives this form.
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