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2018 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER - FALL) 
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International Studies (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2210

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

International Studies is a growing academic and applied field that fits perfectly with the Utica College Mission Statement. The IST Major sits at the intersection of liberal arts and professional or applied education that has historically comprised our core mission. Cultural, social, and historical knowledge, as well as applied knowledge, are the lifeblood of careers organized around international work. Appropriately, the IST major courses range across subjects from a current international political landscape, political theory, governmental structures, international relations, history, culture, language, and economics, to studies in Human Rights Advocacy.

The major in International Studies 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 who complete the B.A. will:

  • Analyze contemporary global issues from multiple disciplines (e.g. anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science);
  • Examine the culture, language(s), or people of a particular world region;
  • Examine the history or politics of a particular world region;
  • Formulate and present research projects on contemporary global issues with effective written and oral arguments.  

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.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 18 Credits
Major Electives 18 Credits
Concentration 15 Credits
College Electives 14-35 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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