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International Studies BA Program

Major Requirements


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.pdfInternational Students_Major Map.pdf
  • To see examples of how the major can be completed, download our Example INTS Course Maps.pdfExample INTS Course Maps.pdf
  • Information regarding the original major (pre-Fall 2016) is loca​ted 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)

Focus Themes

  • Activism, Resistance, & Social Justice
    This focus theme is for students who are passionate, engaged citizens who seek to effect change globally. Students gain skills in conflict resolution, environmentalism, and grassroots organizing, helping to prepare them for graduate school, as well as leadership positions in international NGOs, public health, and political organizations. Representative courses include: Video and Social Change; Social Media for Social Change; and Social Movements, Democracy, and Global Politics.
  • Environmental Studies
    This focus theme engages the factors affecting the distribution of people and their activities in order to provide meaningful solutions to international environmental problems. Students investigate border-spanning environmental issues, socioeconomic problems, and planning policies. Courses include: Globalization and Regional Development; Eco-Tourism; and Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions.
  • Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration
    Focusing on self-determination, ethnic conflict, identity formation, minority protection, and citizenship, courses include: Indigenous Studies; Islamophobia; and Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners, and Settlers. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international organizations that assist refugees and migrants, as well as organizations that combat ethnic conflict. 
  • Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
    This focus theme addresses the history, politics, literature, theories, and social practices related to women and gender internationally. Representative courses include: Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives; Gender and Communication; International Women’s Resistance. This focus theme helps prepare students for all career fields, as critical thinking about the condition of women and the role of gender is vital across all sectors of society. 
  • Global Arts & Cultures
    This focus theme uses the arts to study the impact of globalization and the stakes involved in the international circulation of cultural symbols. Courses include: Cultural Diversity in the Modern World; Arts of Japan; and International Dimensions of Technology and Culture. This focus theme helps prepare students for leadership positions within organizations that use arts, culture, and creative practices to shape new global realities.
  • Global Development Studies
    This focus theme engages the economic, environmental, health, and governance elements of international development. Courses include: Issues in Economic Development; Gender, Globalization and Development; and International History of Oil and Water. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international development organizations. 
  • Global Health Studies
    This focus theme engages the economic, environmental, and social determinants of health in a globalized world. Courses include: Global Health Practice; GIS Applications in the Health Sciences; and Health, Culture, and Society. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international health-related organizations. 
  • International Business, Communication, & Media
    21st century commerce occurs across national boundaries and within digitally-mediated arenas. Cross-cutting knowledge of national cultures, business customs, and media ecologies gives students a skillset for addressing organizational challenges and opportunities. Representative courses include: Global Communication; International Business; and Media and Society. This focus theme helps prepare students for careers in international business, communications management, and media industries.
  • International Political Economy
    This focus theme engages the interactions between global markets and politics. Courses include: International Finance; Globalization and Local Governance; and The Geography of Tourism. This focus theme helps position students for work in international business and financial institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations.
  • Peace, Human Rights, & Security 

    This focus theme engages efforts to end armed conflict and build sustainable peace and human rights. Courses include: The Nature of Power; US Foreign Policy since 1911; Human Rights In Theory and Practice. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international advocacy organizations, aid agencies, and international law.

Capstone Requirement

Students must complete a capstone seminar in the major.  We offer the course INTS 4990 as our capstone. This course is available every semester.