INTS offers a professionally-oriented major, and
students are expected to develop both a regional Zone of Expertise and
Focus Theme specialization. Students should choose courses from the
Introductory, Zone, and Theme course lists that contribute to developing both a broad and deep understanding of international issues.
Below are the requirements for the International Studies (INTS) major:
- To review a four-year roadmap for the INTS major, download this International Students_Major Map.pdf
- To see examples of how the major can be completed, download our Example INTS Course Maps.pdf.
- Information regarding the original major (pre-Fall 2016) is located on the degree audit page in students' portals. Please contact an INTS advisor for questions regarding the revised and original major.
International Studies Program Requirements
- 16 classes (48 credits) required.
- No more than 56 credits accepted toward graduation.
- Students may transfer in 8 or fewer classes (24 credits).
- C (2.0) or above required for all major courses.
- Program Honors = 3.0 overall and 3.5 GPA within the major.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required.
- Students may use up to 6 internship credits toward International Studies graduation requirements.
- Students may use up to 6 credits of independent study toward International Studies graduation requirements.
- All International Studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Non-native English speakers may use English for their language proficiency. Language requirements may be fulfilled by successful completion of the fourth semester of a foreign language course sequence or by passing an equivalent proficiency exam. Two 2000-level language courses may be counted toward the major overall (but 2000-level language courses do not fulfill Zone or Focus Theme requirements). 3000- and 4000-level language courses may be counted toward the Zone, Focus Theme, or other requirements. 1000-level language courses cannot be counted toward the major but may be used to fulfill other graduation requirements.
Required Introductory Courses
- INTS 2020 Foundations of International Studies
- ECON 2012 Macro Economics
- PSCI 3042 International Relations or PSCI 3052 Comparative Politics
- HIST 4032 Globalization in World History since 1945
- COMM 4720 Global Communication or ANTH 2102 Culture & Human Experience
10 Courses from one Zone of Expertise and one Focus Theme
An updated list of courses is found under Course Offerings.
- At least four courses must be drawn from one Zone of Expertise.
- At least four courses must be drawn from one Focus Theme.
- One of these courses must be a designated High Impact course, e.g., global study, study abroad, internship, service learning, or independent study.
- Students must take courses in at least two different disciplines for both their Zone of Expertise and Focus Theme.
- Students who do not apply two 2000-level language courses to their degree must use those two course slots for additional courses related to their chosen Zone of Expertise and/or Focus Theme.
Zones of Expertise
- Africa (Sub-Saharan; French or other relevant language)
- Asia (Chinese or other relevant language)
- Colonial, Neo-Colonial, & Post-Colonial Worlds (English for non-native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language)
- Europe (English for non-native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language)
- Global (any language, English for non-native speakers)
- Islamic World (Arabic or other relevant language)
- Latin America (Spanish or other relevant language)
- North America (English for non-native speakers, French, Spanish, or other relevant language)
- Activism, Resistance, & Social Justice
- Environmental Studies
- Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration
- Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
- Global Arts & Cultures
- Global Development Studies
- Global Health Studies
- International Business, Communication, & Media
- International Political Economy
- Peace, Human Rights, & Security
Capstone RequirementStudents must complete a capstone seminar in the major. We offer the course INTS 4990 as our capstone. This course is available every semester.