Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
  
2023-2024 University Catalog

International Studies, B.A.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BA International Studies

Students will be conversant in the vocabulary and concepts relevant to international and global studies.  

Students will demonstrate an effective working knowledge of at least one foreign language, including listening, reading, writing and speaking abilities sufficient to allow them to pursue related professional, academic or personal goals. 

Students will effectively draw on approaches and perspectives from multiple disciplines as they seek to understand complex international and global phenomena, systems and processes and their effects upon peoples’ lives.  

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Students will be able to show intercultural awareness and knowledge earned through experiential education, including internships, overseas or field study, participation in diplomatic or international affairs simulations, or cultural competency training. 

 

In the International Studies Program, students both declare the major and choose one of the following as the focus of their studies -

(Please see the requirements for each at the bottom of the page.)

the International Business Track,

or a Thematic Concentration:

Diplomacy & International Organizations

Ethnicity, Nationalism & Migration

Environmental Issues & Policy

Peace & Justice Studies

 or a Regional Concentration:

 Africana Studies

Asian Studies

European Studies

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Studies

 

 

General Education Requirements


Science


A total of nine hours of science are required, including a 6-hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, or PHYS. At least 3 of the 9 science hours must be BIOS.

Please see the General Education Menu for approved courses.

  • BIOS Credits: 3 
  • BIOS or Physical Science Credits: 6 2

Humanities


Please see the General Education Menu for approved courses.

  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3
  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3
  • ENGL Literature Credits: 3

Social Sciences


Total Credit Hours: 39


Other Requirements


Total Credit Hours: 27


Course Requirements for Major


Total Credit Hours: 54


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. “C” or better required
  2. A total of nine hours of science are required, including a 6-hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, or PHYS. At least 3 of the 9 science hours must be BIOS.
  3. FA, MUS, or theatre/dance/film-related course
  4. Any 2000-level or higher course in any discipline that treats culture, e.g., ANTH 2052  
  5. Literature course may be in ENGL, FREN, or SPAN
  6. Non-Western History Option includes any 2000-level or higher HIST course with a non-U.S./non-European focus. (Note: Students with an area studies concentration should choose 6 hours unrelated to that area.) Diplomatic History Option includes any two of the following courses: HIST 4381, HIST 4570 , HIST 4575 , 4580, HIST 4581  or other course by the program director.
  7. Enhanced foreign language capacity may be achieved by completing 12 hours in a primary foreign language and one of the following: a) completing an additional six hours of 3000+ level non-literature foreign language coursework, b) completing an additional six hours of non-literature coursework at any level in a second foreign language, or c) demonstrating competency as determined by the Director of International Studies in consultation with the appropriate faculty in the Department of English and Foreign Languages. If a 3000-level conversation course is included in these 6 hours it will also satisfy COLAEHD’s oral competency requirement. If a conversation course is not included, students should include in Electives a course that fulfills the oral competency requirement for majors in any relevant discipline. 
  8. Students pursuing Regional concentrations must take POLI 2600; students pursuing Thematic concentrations or the International Business track must take POLI 2700.
  9. The 24 total hours of course work taken in the concentration must be divided between at least three disciplines and should include at least three but no more than six hours of internship in the appropriate area. At least 12 of the 24 hours taken in the concentration must be at the 2000-level or above. Some concentrations impose further requirements.

Four Year Plan of Study


First Year of Enrollment


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • Literature Credits: 3
  • Area or Topical Studies Credits: 3
  • Approved Elective Credits: 3
  • Approved Elective Credits: 3
  • Approved Elective Credits: 2
Total Credit Hours: 14

Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

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