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International Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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International Studies - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (code I/STBA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program combines the study of international relations, global and development issues and contemporary belief systems with a concentration on a major world area. In addition, the degree aims to equip students with the skills in language, analytical thinking, research, and economic literacy. Students receive direct exposure to an international environment by participating in a foreign study program or an internationally related internship in this country. Because it is interdisciplinary, this program emphasizes the ways in which the expertise and methodologies of various disciplines contribute to the understanding and resolution of international issues.

All International Studies majors are required to develop a program of study in consultation with the program advisor. Majors should choose their foreign language, foreign study or internship experience, and senior seminar research project to reflect this emphasis.

Requirements

A minimum of 45 units in a program approved by the International Studies advisor.

Requirements not included in major

Economic Literacy (units not included in total for major; may be fulfilled as part of General Education): ECON 100 and 101. Or, with prior permission of the International Studies Advisor, ECON 300 may be substituted for ECON 100 and 101.

Foreign Language: Three years of college level study or equivalent proficiency in a language appropriate to the program of study and geographic area concentration selected.

Major Requirements

Lower Division (12 units):

  • Take the following course:
    • I/ST 200 Introduction to International Studies (3)
  • Take 9 units from the following:
    • ANTH 120; HIST 212; GEOG 100 or 160; POSC 215 or 220.

Upper Division (minimum of 33 units):

Cross-Cultural Communication:

  • Take 3 units from the following:
    • ANTH 412I, 413; COMM 330

Basics of International Relations:

  • Take 6 units from the following:
    • ECON 372; GEOG 470; HIST/I/ST 478; POSC 371, 378

Development Studies:

  • Take 6 units selected from the following:
    • ANTH 307I; ECON 465; GEOG 460; H SC 420I; JOUR 312I; POSC 461I; I/ST 317I, 318I, 319I, 355I; SOC 350; WGSS 401I

Contemporary Belief Systems:

  • Take 3 units selected from the following:
    • ANTH 305I; ECON 313; POSC 306; R/ST 383I; SOC 356

Area Concentration

  • Take 9 units from one of the following six areas:
    • Asia:
      • A/ST 300I, 301I, 310, 495I; ANTH 332, 333, 335; GEOG 314I; HIST 382B, 383B, 384, 385, 386, 407I; POSC 362
    • Latin America:
      • ANTH 323, 324; HIST 364, 462, 463, 466; CHLS 310; POSC 358, 481
    • Africa:
      • AFRS 337, 380, 430, 460; GEOG 308I; HIST 391, 392
    • North Africa and the Middle East:
      • GEOG 309I, HIST 431; POSC 367; R/ST 331I, 315
    • Eastern Europe/Former Soviet Union:
      • GEOG 318; HIST 341B
    • Western Europe:
      • FREN 440; GEOG 316; GERM 380I, 410, 416; HIST 337, 339, 357, 437; POSC 353; SPAN 430

Internship or Foreign Study:

  • I/ST 492 International Studies Internship/Foreign Study (3)
    • An internship or foreign study program related to the course of study selected, as approved by major advisor.

Senior Research Seminar:

  • I/ST 490 Senior Research Sem in International Studies (3)

Approved by the International Studies Program director.

Minor in International Studies (code I/STUM01)

This minor consists of a minimum of 21 units at least 15 units must be upper division, with at least two years of college level of study (or equivalent proficiency) in a language (other than English) relevant to the student’s program of study.

Requirements

Economic Literacy:

  • Take one of the following:
    • ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • or with International Studies advisor consent, upper division students may take:
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
  • Units earned in satisfaction of this requirement may not be counted as part of the unit requirement in the minor.
  • Lower Division:
  • Take I/ST 200 Introduction to International Studies (3)
  • Take three units selected from the following:
    • ANTH 120, HIST 212, GEOG 100 or 160; POSC 215 or 220.

Upper Division:

Three units selected from the courses grouped under Cross Cultural Communications or from the courses grouped under Contemporary Belief Systems as those groups are defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.

Either six units selected from the courses grouped under Development Studies or six units selected from the courses grouped under Basics of International Relations as those groups are defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.

Six units selected from one of the geographic Area Concentrations defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.