International Studies

Director: L. Brunell

The International Studies (INST) major offers students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in international studies. The overall goal of the program is to promote better understanding of the growing interdependence of nations, the rights and obligations that arise from those interdependencies, and significant transnational issues. The program also aspires to impart an awareness of the religious, political, economic, and cultural diversity among nations. Students pursuing an International Studies major or minor must select from one of four areas of emphasis: Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, or international relations. Students contemplating a major or minor in international studies are encouraged to take HIST 112 (World Civilizations) as part of their University and College of Arts and Sciences core requirement in history.

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, students must satisfactorily complete three sets of requirements:

  1. All students choose a foreign language and achieve competency in that language as defined below.
  2. Complete the courses which form the upper division international studies core, including INST 499, Senior Project. Students take INST 499 in either semester of the senior year; the course involves completing a written academic paper on a topic related to the student’s International Studies major (e.g., Asian Studies, International Relations, etc.) and giving an oral presentation on that same topic.
  3. Take elective INST or approved related courses not used to satisfy any other INST requirement, including a minimum number which focus on the individual student’s area of emphasis.

(Students may only double-count a maximum of three upper division courses with participating departments [i.e. POLS, HIST, Modern Languages].) Requirements for the international studies major and minor by area of emphasis is explained in more detail below.

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).