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International Studies (B.A.)

The International Studies major is intended to develop the student’s international awareness, experience, and understanding, and encourage preparation for service domestically or abroad. The minor is intended to encourage similar goals and thus to complement the student’s study and experiences in various university majors. By balancing courses in the general education requirements from the various disciplines, students gain the broad education useful for success in many careers.


  1. Graduates with a major in international studies will show intermediate competency in a language other than English. 
  2. Graduates with a major in international studies will have gained an appreciation for other cultures and a better understanding of their place in a diverse world. 
  3. Graduates will have a foundational knowledge of historical relationships between the nations of the World. 
  4. Graduates will have a foundational knowledge of contemporary relationships between the nations of the World. 


International Studies General Requirements

General Education Requirements  - 50 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Modern Language (all hours in same language) - 11 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 4 hours
Mathematics - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours

Departmental Requirements

denotes course(s) which can also meet General Education Requirements
* HIST 1302 United States since 1877
Major area of study- 33 hours
Minor (minimum of 18 hours)
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

International Studies Major Requirements

Completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours:
Foundation Courses (12 semester hours):
POSC 1301 Introduction to International Relations
HIST 2311 Western Civilization I
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II
HIST 3320 Non-Western Civilizations
GEOG 1303 Foundations of Geography
HUMA 4001 Humanities Portfolio
With consultation and approval of advisor, choose fifteen (15) semester hours (five courses, at least 9 hours advanced) with at least one clear disciplinary emphasis (9 or more semester hours). The disciplinary emphasis may come from the listed disciplines, from directed study, from courses completed during a preapproved study abroad experience, or from a combination of these approaches:
BUAD 3362 International Business
ECON 3361 International Trade
ENGL 2331 World Literature
ENGL 4301 20th Century British and European Literature
ENGL 4304 Shakespeare
ENGL 4313 Ancient World Literature
ENGL 4314 Bible as Literature
ENGL 4315 Long 19th Century
ENGL 4316 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
FREN 2312 Intermediate French II
HIST 3303 The British Isles to 1714
HIST 3306 Europe since 1914
HIST 3307 Traditional China
HIST 3311 History of Latin America
HIST/POSC 3308 Modern China
HIST/POSC 3321 History and Politics of Israel
HIST/POSC 3364 British Studies, 1714 to the Present
HIST/POSC 4310 Genocide and Holocaust
HIST 4312 Global History Seminar
HIST 4314 Ancient Mediterranean World
HIST 4331 Early Modern Europe
HIST/POSC 4361 Diplomatic History of the United States
HIST/POSC 4363 Russian & Soviet Studies
HIST/RLGN 3309 History of Christianity
HIST Special Topic Variable global, non-U.S. topics
LAST 2333 Latin American Literature in Translation
MKTG 4345 International Marketing
MUSI 3213 Introduction to Music
MUSI 4301 Music History I
MUSI 4302 Music History II
POSC 4365 Comparative Economic & Political Systems
RLGN 3330 Christian Missions
RLGN 3369 Comparative World Religions
RLGN 3305 Community Ministry
RLGN 4302 Cross-Cultural Missions
SOCI 3362 Sociology of Religion
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 3304 Spanish Culture & Civilization
SPCH 3309 Intercultural Communication
THEA 4311 Theatre History I
THEA 4312 Theatre History II
With consultation and approval of advisor, an additional three (3) semester hours credit completed during a travel-study experience.

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2021-2022
Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2019-2020
Catalog Year 2018-2019
Catalog Year 2017-2018
Catalog Year 2016-2017
Catalog Year 2015-2016
Catalog Year 2014-2015
Catalog Year 2013-2014

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations