With a major or minor in International Studies, you can:
· learn about the broader world, the world's nations, and the relationships between nations,
within the context of a liberal arts higher education;
· develop your skills in modern languages and intercultural communications;
· connect your learning with study abroad opportunities;
· improve your professional and interpersonal skills in international settings;
· satisfy your curiosity to understand people in other societies; and
· build personal relationships through intercultural experiences outside your own culture and society.
The program requires at least one international study experience,
~including one or more East Texas Baptist University travel-study courses, or courses taken abroad but
pre-approved for application to the major or minor -- the courses will be proposed as directed study courses
in collaboration with your faculty advisor.
~Courses are approved through the regular directed study process in the host department and school-the
Department of History and Political Science and the Schoolof Humanities.
~The transfer and substitution provisions make it possible for you to apply non-ETBU study-abroad courses
to the major or minor.
~For example, if you are a modern language student, you may plan to get a language concentration during
a semester or year of language study abroad and apply the courses to your major.
~In another example, you and your advisor may plan an internship, in any ETBU major, completed during
a semester abroad.
~In a third example, if you decide to study with Hong Kong Baptist University, HKBU courses would be
pre-approved to count either in the general education or major requirements for your degree.
International Studies as a second major or a minor:
~You may choose to complete a second major or a minor in International Studies; your classroom and
study-abroad courses can be used to enhance or supplement the first major.
Examples of primary majors in relation to the IS minor:
· Teacher Education Certification-all fields, International Studies minor, including possible ESL certification,
in preparation for international education careers
· Business majors-International Studies emphasis in international business
· Biology and other sciences-International Studies courses or research internship
· Speech Communication and Mass Communication-International Studies internship
· Behavioral Sciences-International Studies field research internship
· And so forth; depending on your objectives and by working out a plan with your advisor,
your major can be enhanced by the study abroad opportunities provided in the International Studies minor.
Requirements for the International Studies Major:
General Education Courses (48 hours):
(9) English 1301, 1302, plus three (3) hours sophomore literature
(3) Fine Arts (three (3) hours from music, theatre, art, or equivalent)
(11) Foreign Language (at least one semester, second year, all hours in same language; fourth semester
(3) History 1302
(3) Physical Activity (KINE 1164 and two different physical activity courses)
(4) Science (must be lab science)
(3) Social Science (PSYC/SOCI/POSC 2304)
(3) Speech 1311
(6) Religion 1320 and 1330
Foundation Courses (12 hours):
POSC 1301-International Relations; HIST 2321 & 2322-World Civilizations I & II; GEOG 1303 Foundations of Geography
Concentration and General Selection Courses (18 hours):
With consultation and approval of advisor, choose 18 hours (six courses, at least 12 hours advanced) with at least one
clear area of disciplinary emphasis (9 or more hours) in literature, history, political science, religion, or directed study
Literature -- ENGL 2331, 3311, 3312, non-US topics from ENGL: 4310 Themes, 4320 Periods, 4330 Authors,
History -- HIST 3306, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3364, 4361, 4363, and history special topic -- variable global, non U.S.
Political Science -- POSC 3308, 3364, 4361, 4363, 4365
Religion -- RLGN 3309, 3315, 3330, 3369, 4302
General Selection Courses (3-9 hours):
ECON 3361, FREN 2312, GEOG 2312, SOCI 3362, SPAN 2312, 3304, SPCH 3309, MKTG 4365, MUSI 4301,4302,
Approved travel-study experience--directed study courses and hours TBD.
Additional hours to total a minimum of 120 hours.
Requirements for the International Studies Minor, minimum of 18 hours:
POSC 1301-International Relations; HIST 2321 & 2322-World Civilizations I & II;
GEOG 1303 Foundations of Geography
Approved travel-study experience--courses and hours TBD.
Additional advanced hours as needed to complete a minimum 18 hours.
For more information contact:
Department of History and Political Science
School of Humanities