Degree or Program Details


International Studies Major

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. 

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Total Credits Required for Degree 124

Liberal Studies 30-40
Health Promotion Requirements 2

Required Courses in Major 44
Major Core 22-24
Choose one course from the following: 2-4
     PS 299 Model U.N. (2 cr.)

CONCENTRATION 20-22
Students must choose a regional concentration (Africa, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) with which to fulfill their electives. Up to eight elective credits may be taken from the list of non-regional courses, while all others must come from within the chosen concentration. No more than 12 credits per prefix may count toward the major. 
NON-REGIONAL COURSES 
GC 400 Political Geography (4 cr.)  
CONCENTRATION: AFRICA 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (African Topics)
IP 285/286/485/486 Study Abroad to Africa (1-12 cr.) 
PS 299 Model U.N. (2 cr.) (African Focus)
Non-Regional Courses from List (4-8 cr.) 
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures 
CONCENTRATION: EUROPE 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (European)
IP 285/286/485/486 Study Abroad to Europe (1-12 cr.) 
PS 299 Model U.N. (2 cr.) (Europe)
Courses taught in French, German and Spanish dealing with Europe 
Non-Regional Courses from List (4-8 cr.) 
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures 
CONCENTRATION: LATIN AMERICA 
Required Course 4
Choose one course from the following: 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (Latin America)
GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures (4 cr.) [IV] (Latin America)
IP 285/286/485/486 Study Abroad to Latin America (1-12 cr.) 
Courses taught in French, German and Spanish dealing with Latin America 
Non-Regional Courses from List (4-8 cr.) 
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures 
CONCENTRATION: MIDDLE EAST 4
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (Middle East)
IP 285/286/485/486 Study Abroad to Middle East (1-12 cr.) 
PS 299 Model U.N. (2 cr.) (Middle East)
Non-Regional Courses from List (4-8 cr.) 
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures 

Minor 20

OTHER REQUIRMENTS:

1. Study Abroad
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. Many of the credits earned can be applied to the major. Students who attended high school in another country may petition the international studies advisory committee for exemption from the requirement for study abroad.

2. Language Proficiency
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 or higher) 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).

3. Program Approval
A program approval for international studies majors must be prepared and approved by an academic advisor from the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and a copy forwarded to Degree Evaluations in the Registrar’s Office. A degree evaluation will not be performed until approval is received.