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. 

Please note that in addition to the course requirements listed below, International Studies majors must also meet the following requirements:

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 the Registrar’s Office. A degree evaluation will not be performed until approval is received. 

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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
See notation below. 

Global Concentration 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 
(No more than 12 cr. may come from any prefix.) 
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad (1-12 cr.) 
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures 

Regional Concentration: Africa 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad to Africa (1-12 cr.) 
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (African Topics)
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 

Regional Concentration: Asia 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad to Asia (1-12 cr.) 
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (Asian Topics)
EN 411 Topics in World Literature (3-4 cr.) [II] (Asian Topics)
GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures (4 cr.) [IV] (Asian Topics)
PS 299 Model U.N. (2 cr.) (Asian Focus)
Other Courses as Approved by Modern Languages & Literatures  

Regional Concentration: Europe 
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad to Europe (1-12 cr.) 
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (European)
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 

Regional Concentration: Latin America 
Required Course 4
Choose one course from the following: 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad to Latin America (1-12 cr.) 
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (Latin America)
GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures (4 cr.) [IV] (Latin America)
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 

Regional Concentration: Middle East 4
Required Course 4
Electives 16-18
Choose from the following: 16-18
IP 285/IP 286/IP 485/ IP 486 Study Abroad to Middle East (1-12 cr.) 
EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.) [II] (Middle East)
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 

Non-Regional Courses** 

Minor 20

*Concentration:

Students must choose the global or a regional concentration (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) with which to fulfill their electives.

**For students choosing a regional concentration, up to eight of their 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.