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International Studies

Major in International Studies—B.S.

The B.S. in International Studies trains students to demonstrate knowledge of international and global issues through a humanities and social sciences lens with greater emphasis on quantitative reasoning. Students will engage in debates about global citizenship and evaluate the historical context of current political, economic, cultural, health, and environmental decisions.


Students must complete the following Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Critical Approaches, and Breadth of Inquiry requirements:

  1. Writing: same as the general requirements for the B.A. degree (English Composition, Intensive Writing).
  2. Foreign language: fulfilled by major.
  3. Mathematics: one of MATH-M 118, M119, or M211.
  4. Arts and humanities: four courses.
  5. Social and historical studies: four courses.
  6. Natural and mathematical sciences: four courses. Must include at least one Natural Science course in fulfillment of the General Education curriculum.
  7. Critical Approaches: one course.
  8. Culture Studies: one course from CASE DUS.
  9. Culture Studies: one course from CASE GCC.
  10. Public Oral Communication: same as the general requirements for the B.A.

Students must also complete all requirements for the B.A. in International Studies and additional economics and quantitative requirements for a total of 44 credit hours:

  1. Three courses chosen at the 100–200 level. Two of these must be chosen from among the thematic introduction courses: I202, I203, I204, I205, I206, I210 (9 cr.).
  2. Four courses (at least 12 credit hours) at the I300–I400 level, including X370 and excluding I325, I400, I401 and I406. At least one course must be taken at the 400 level. In addition, students must complete I315 (3 cr.).  Completion of I315 before the overseas experience is strongly recommended.
  3. I400 or I406 (3 cr.).
  4. Foreign language proficiency of two semesters (at least 6 credit hours) beyond the College's general requirement for B.A. degrees. Students are encouraged to complete at least two semesters of a language spoken in the student's chosen region. Students may study a single foreign language through six semesters; they may study one foreign language through four semesters and study a second foreign language through two semesters; or they may study one foreign language through four semesters, study the first semester of a second foreign language, and study the first semester of a third foreign language. Non–native speakers of English may petition International Studies for exemption from third-year language study. See advisor for details about procedure and necessary documentation.
  5. An overseas experience (study or internship, INTL-X 473) of at least 6 weeks duration, approved in advance by International Studies.
  6. ASCS-Q 296 College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience (2 cr.) or ASCS-Q 299 College to Career III: Market Yourself for the Job, Internship, and Graduate School Search (2 cr.).
  7. An approved outside minor, in a relevant social or natural science field emphasizing quantitative reasoning and preferably related to the thematic concentration.
  8. Additional Requirements for the B.S.:
    • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics.
    • ECON-E 203 Introduction to International Economics (or approved equivalent).
    • An approved quantitative reasoning course.

Students must also complete all degree requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.