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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


International Studies BA Program

Major Requirements

​Below are the requirements for the revised International Studies (INTS) major, effective Fall 2016.
  • 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.
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.

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 2000 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
  • 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 requirement:
Students must complete a capstone seminar in the major.  We offer the course INTS 4990 as our capstone.  This course is available every Fall.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
INTS majors graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) sought by employers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the following are among the top 10 KSAs sought by employers:


INTS Program Elements

Ability to make decisions and solve problems

·       INTS courses engage students in real-world problem solving. Students gain theoretical and methodological tools from multiple disciplines (Political Science, History, Economics, Geography, Anthropology, Communication, and others) in order to analyze issues and debates of international significance. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership.


Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

Many INTS courses require verbal presentations wherein students hone their communication abilities. As globalization intensifies, the ability to communicate in multiple languages and across cultures becomes a vital skill, and INTS graduates are able to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. The INTS capstone course (INTS 4990) requires students to publicly communicate their INTS research findings. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Intercultural Engagement.


Ability to obtain and process information

INTS students gain interdisciplinary research skills and are able to interpret information from multiple perspectives. INTS students are able to create connections and see economic, political, technological, and social interdependencies that others do not see. INTS students are able to assess the influence of past and/or contemporary trends on global developments. They are also able to evaluate assumptions and evidence in order to deconstruct and formulate arguments. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Human-Centered Design and Innovation.    


Ability to analyze quantitative data

INTS students take macroeconomics and may select courses in economics, business, and finance that develop quantitative abilities. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Commodities.


Ability to create and/or edit written reports

Throughout their courses, INTS students produce multiple and diverse written reports, papers and analyses, and they learn how to construct and defend arguments. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).    


Ability to persuade and influence others

·       INTS students are uniquely able to adapt arguments for audiences from different cultural backgrounds. The ability to analyze the relationships and interdependencies among geographical areas, institutions, and actors enables INTS students to be influential in a variety of professional contexts. Several INTS students serve in the Peer Advocate Leaders (PAL) program. INTS students can also earn a Certificate in Strategic Communication and/or a Certificate in Mediation.

For more information about the INTS major, please contact an INTS advisor.