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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, BA

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Robert Andolina, PhD, Director
Web: http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/departments/international/



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.


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:

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Language 1150, 1250, 1350 or equivalent (15)


  1. All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. 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 2310  as a substitute for HIST 1210 .

III. Major Requirements

A minimum of 70 credits in international studies, including:


HIST 1210  and either INST 2000  or INST 2100  are prerequisites for INST 3000.

Area II: Professional Formation: 25 credits:


  1. Students who place out of second year language must take 30 credits of international studies major electives, listed below.
  2. Junior or senior standing is required for enrollment in INST 3800.
  3. INST 3800 plus INST 2000 and any three other INST foundational courses are prerequisites for INST 4900.

Area III: Major Electives: 15 credits:

Choose 15 credits of approved electives from the list below. At least five credits must be designated Non-Western Humanities (NWH).


*ECON 2110  is required for some 3000 or 4000 level ECON classes. Please consult with the Department of Economics.

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