Jun 24, 2024  
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) 
2017 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER - SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

International Studies (B.A.)

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

The major in International Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of nations, people, and culture. It is designed for students with interests in international political relations and economics, government, law, foreign service, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, developmental and environmental studies, language, literature, culture, and education.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate:

  • a broad understanding of global issues within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum.
  • appreciation of global society from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • the skills to interact with people from different cultures.
  • the ability to conduct research, analyze, and critique information, and formulate effective written and oral arguments with a focus on global issues.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Note: At least 18 credits of major coursework must be at the 300-level or higher. If not taken as part of core, students should also take ECN 241 , MAT 112 , PSY 211 , or SOC 211 .

Major Electives

Select two courses (6 hours) in each area. Courses taken here cannot be used to fulfill concentration requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must take 6 hours in any modern foreign language, 201 and 202, or the equivalent.


Students must take at least 15 hours of study in an area of concentration. Courses taken for core or to satisfy major required or major elective courses cannot be used to satisfy concentrations.

15 Credit Hours

15 Credit Hours

15 Credit Hours

15 Credit Hours


‡ note prerequisites

Study Abroad and Internships

Study abroad and internships are highly recommended for all International Studies majors and should be discussed with the student’s adviser and the director of international programs as early as possible.


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 90 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

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