The secondary major in International Studies requires a minimum of 27 semester credits. Students seeking a secondary major in International Studies must: complete two core courses plus courses in geographic regional studies and a topical module; demonstrate proficiency in a language relevant to the selected geographic region; participate in a required study, service or work abroad. NOTE: The major must include a minimum of 12 credits not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirement.
International Studies Core (6 credits)
Each student must complete two required core courses:
- INTST 235 “Introduction to International Studies” (3 cr.)
- INTST 430 “Seminar in International Studies” (3 cr.)
Topical Module (9 credits)
Students must complete 9 credits of coursework (at least 6 credits at the 300+ level) from one of the following topics:
- Global Environmental Issues
- Globalization and Economic Development
- International Issues in Science and Technology
- International Communication
- International Conflict
- Social and Cultural Change
Geographic Region (9 credits)
Students must complete 9 credits of coursework (at least 6 credits at the 300+ level) from one of the following regions:
- Africa & Middle East
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Russia, East Europe & Central Asia
Additional Course (3 credits)
Students must complete 3 additional credits from either the Geographic Region or Topical Module.
Fulfillment of World Language Proficiency
Students must complete or have language proficiency equivalent to two years of college-level study of a world language that is relevant to the selected geographic region.
Study, Service or Work Abroad
A minimum of three weeks of international experience (study, service, or internship) is required. Students must earn a minimum of 3 credits for their international experience. Up to 12 credits of coursework taken abroad can be applied to the major with the approval of the International Studies program director.