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2023 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
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International Studies (B.A.) - Hegis Code 2210.00

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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

International Studies is a growing academic and applied field that fits perfectly with the Utica University 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

Program Learning Goals

  • Analyze contemporary global issues from multiple disciplines (e.g. anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science);
  • Synthesize knowledge of the culture, language(s), or people of a particular world region;
  • Synthesize knowledge of 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

Core/General Education: 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 .

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

18 Credit Hours

Foreign Language Requirement (12 Credit Hours)

Students are required to take 6 credit hours of Foreign Language 201 and 202, or the equivalent, in addition to Core requirements of Foreign Language 101 and 102. If they are exempt from all or part of the language requirement because of prior coursework or are bilingual, they still need to accumulate sufficient credit hours by taking major elective courses.


Majors will take 15 Credit Hours in one of the three concentrations:

  • Global Concentration (15 credits)
  • Comparative Concentration (15 credits)
  • Cultural Concentration (15 credits)

Note: All students must take a minimum of twelve credits at or above the 300-level in a concentration.

15 Credit Hours

15 Credit Hours

World Cultures Concentration

15 Credit Hours

Study Abroad and Internships

Study abroad and internships are highly recommended for all International Studies majors and should be discussed with the student’s advisor 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/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 18 Credits
Foreign Language Requirements 12 Credits
Concentration 15 Credits
College Electives 20-41 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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