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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, (B.A.)

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The International Studies program provides the opportunity to bring the knowledge of several traditional disciplines to bear upon a focal point of human relationships and problems that cross national and cultural boundaries. The program objectives are designed to serve the student who seeks knowledge of the range of contemporary and possible future problems that confront international society and an understanding of alternative national and cultural perspectives on solutions to those problems. The program also serves the needs of students planning a career in the Foreign Service or related agencies of the federal government and students preparing for employment abroad in the private sector, or in international organizations, private or public. The program objectives are to: (a) learn key issues of contention related to the international system; (b) learn central economic, historical, cultural, geographical, and political concepts related to the study of the international system; (c) demonstrate competency in at least one modern foreign language; (e) be able to conduct and present scholarly research on international issues; (f) complete at least one internationally-related experiential learning activity.

The program emphasis is on the course work in history, political science, economics, anthropology, and geography, with contributions from other social science disciplines and art. Within the program, the student is required to concentrate a part of the work in the field of American foreign policy or in one of five areas of the world. Students are encouraged to pursue the study of a foreign language and to seek opportunities for travel and study abroad. The student’s program should be planned in consultation with the Director or Associate Director of International Studies.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Note that the following are required as prerequisites for upper-division courses in the International Studies major: Social Science:

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

The Major (39 hours)

Core requirements (27 hours)

1. Lower Division Core (6 credits)

Concentration (9 hours)

Global Studies

Global Studies students gain functional expertise in one of the following areas of emphasis: (1) Conflisct, Peace, and Human Rights, (2) Global Governnance & Political Economy (3) International Development & Environmental Sustainability, (4) Global Health & Ethics, or (5) Global Communication, Administration, & Management. Students choose  credits in at least 2 disciplines in consultation with their advisor from the following:

Area Studies

Choose 3 courses in at least 2 disciplines in consultation with academic advisor. (9 credits)

Foreign Language (6 hours)

In addition to the Bachelor of Arts language requirement, completion of an additional six hours in that same language at the 3000 level or higher.

Experiential Activity

Students are required to complete an international or experiential learning experience. This may be fulfilled through participation in a formal education abroad program or through foreign based work, service, or internship activities. A U.S.-based experience of an international nature or prior international experience may be considered. This experience must be approved by the Director.

Electives (21-22 hours)

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Typical 4-Year International Studies Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Sophomore Year

  • History (3) *
  • Social/Behavioral Science (if needed) (3)
  • Natural Science (4) *
  • UD Foreign Language (3)
  • Fine Arts (3) *

  • Elective (3)
  • Natural Science (4) *
  • UD Foreign Language (3)
  • History (3) *

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 28 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

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