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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, BA


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Marc C. McLeod, PhD, Director

Objectives

The international studies major enables students to act competently and conscientiously within an increasingly interconnected world. Students acquire multiple perspectives on global patterns and local contexts through a broad interdisciplinary curriculum, while having the opportunity to focus on a specific world region, international issue, or subject area. International studies majors also connect their classroom-based knowledge to real world situations through direct foreign experience, senior research projects, and internship work. An international studies degree equips students to pursue further study and internationally oriented careers in fields such as government, business, law, communications, development and education.

Study Abroad

The international studies major requires a learning program in a country other than the United States. The university offers approved study abroad opportunities through exchange, consortia, and independent programs. Each study abroad program will demonstrate high academic standards and insist on theoretical and practical interaction where students strengthen their understanding of the local culture and global situation of their country of choice. An acceptable study abroad experience for the international studies major includes a minimum of 15 quarter credits, or its equivalent in semester credits, provided that the student meets full time status in the chosen study abroad program.

Requirements


In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in international studies, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and major/department grade point average of 2.00, including the following:

I. Core Curriculum Requirements


II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


  • Modern Language 115, 125, 135 or equivalent (15)

NOTE:


  1. All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 135 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 115, 125, and 135. Because these courses are a college requirement, no courses in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Language Department  for details on the examinations. International students educated to age 16 in a language other than English may request a waiver of this first-year language requirement.
  2. Students educated to the age of 16 in schools outside the United States may use HIST 231  as a substitute for HIST 121 .

III. Major Requirements


A minimum of 65 credits in international studies, including:

Area I: Foundational: 35 credits:


NOTE:

(ECON 271  is a prerequisite for INST 325 )

NOTE:

*Students who place out of second year language must take 45 credits of international studies major electives, listed below.

Area II: Major Electives (30)


  • Choose a total of thirty credits of approved electives from the lists below. At least ten credits must be chosen from the humanities list and ten credits from the social sciences list. Fifteen of the thirty elective credits must also be in courses with a regional studies (RS) designation, and at least five of these fifteen regional studies credits must have a non-Western designation (RS-NW). Note that regional studies electives also meet the humanities and social science elective requirements. (30)
Humanities: (minimum of 10 credits required):

Choose from the approved courses below (see department listings for non-INST course descriptions ):

RS = Course also fulfills major Regional Studies elective

RS-NW = Course also fulfills major non-Western Regional Studies elective

NOTE:

*INST 364  and INST 388 /HIST 388  may only count as an elective if not selected for the major foundational requirement

Social Sciences (minimum of 10 credits required):

Choose from the approved course list below (see department listings for non-INST course descriptions ):

RS = Course also fulfills major Regional Studies elective

RS-NW= Course also fulfills major non-Western Regional Studies elective

NOTE:

*ECON 272  is required for some 300 or 400 level ECON classes. Please consult with the Department of Economics.

**INST 230 /PLSC 230  and INST 260 /PLSC 260  may only count as an elective if not selected for the major foundational requirement

Courses satisfying requirements for university core cannot also satisfy requirements for the international studies major, except for ECON 271, THRS 311, 331, 332, 334, and senior synthesis or interdisciplinary core courses. Consult your international studies advisor prior to registering for senior synthesis and interdisciplinary core courses to determine whether they will also satisfy major elective requirements.

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