Below are the requirements for the revised International Studies (INTS) major, effective Fall 2016.
- Information regarding the original major (pre-Fall 2016) is located here. Please contact an INTS advisor for questions regarding the revised and original major.
- To review the revised major requirements at a glance, download the Revised INTS major checklist 4.1.2016.pdf.
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)
INTS majors graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) sought by employers.
to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the following are
among the top 10 KSAs sought by employers:
- 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
INTS Program Elements
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.
to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
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.
to obtain and process information
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.
to analyze quantitative data
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.
to create and/or edit written reports
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).
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
For more information about the INTS major, please contact an INTS advisor.