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International Studies Major Curriculum Summary

The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary 124-hour course of study, including a 39 hour major, a 50 hour University Core Curriculum requirement, and 35 or more hours of open electives. Students will also complete a minimum of two years (four semesters) or equivalent study in one foreign language. International study or work is strongly recommended.

The International Studies Bachelor of Arts degree consists of existing courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business and the Pott College of Science and Engineering.

  • International Studies Major Core:  all students will complete a common core of seven courses (21 semester hours) from five different disciplines.
  • Following after the International Studies Major Core, are six electives (18 semester hours) drawn from various disciplines.  The 18 hours of coursework must include no more than two courses from any one discipline, ensuring that students are exposed to a minimum of three disciplines, making this a truly interdisciplinary major.

  • Additional special topics courses may be approved for elective credit. Consult the International Studies advisor for approval.

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In addition to the departmental degree requirements, a minimum of 50 hours in the University Core Curriculum must be met.

International Studies Major Core Courses

Required courses ~ 21 semester hours

  • INST 101 Introduction to International Studies
  • HIST 112 World Civilizations from 1500
  • ANTH 111 Introduction to World Cultures
  • ECON 241 Global Economic Issues (pre ECON 175, 208 or 209)
  • POLS 271 International Politics
  • GEOG 330 World Geography
  • INST 497 International Studies Capstone

Elective Courses

Choose 6 courses (18 semester hours) from the following; no more than 2 from any discipline




Communication Studies



International Studies

  • INST 213 Magic in the Arts and Humanities
  • INST 302 Travel Writing
  • INST 389 World Literature in Translation
  • INST 470 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary International Studies
  • INST 480 Internship in International Studies
  • INST 490 Independent Study
  • INST 499 International Field Experience

Political Science

  • POLS 281 Comparative Politics
  • POLS 371 The United Nations
  • POLS 383 Government and Politics in Latin America
  • POLS 384 The Middle East
  • POLS 433 American Diplomacy to 1900 (cross-listed as HIST 433)
  • POLS 434 American Diplomacy Since 1900 (cross-listed as HIST 434)
  • POLS 471 International Organizations
  • POLS 473 International Law

Literature/Languages (12 hours or equivalent required for Bachelor of Arts degree)

International Studies Minor Curriculum SummaryDownload Checksheet for International Studies Minor

Required courses ~ 9 hours (Implementation Date: Spring 2011)

  • ECON 241 Global Economic Issues (pre. ECON 175, 208 or 209)
  • HIST 112 World Civilizations from 1500
  • POLS 271 International Politics

Electives ~ 9 hours

  • Advisor approved 300-400 level electives including no more than one course from any of the three International Studies tracks.

Foreign Language: (12 hours or equivalent required for Bachelor of Arts degree)