Director: T. A. Nitz
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:
- All students choose a foreign language and achieve competency in that language as defined below.
- 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.
- 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.