Secondary Major

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
  • Asia
  • 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.

View course list for Topical Modules and Geographic Regions

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.

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