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International Studies

Program Structure

  • International Studies Major requires 57-70 credit hours, depending on the options that you choose. All majors must take a common core of 24 credit hours and are required to complete 12-18 credit hours of modern foreign languages (advanced placement/credit by examination is available). Majors who do not pursue a specialized concentration must complete an additional 21 credit hours, amounting to a total 57-63 credit hours. The specialized concentrations require 27-28 credit hours of work in one of the following areas: International Economics, International Business, International Development, or International Politics. The concentration requirements bring the major to a total of 63-70 credit hours.
  • International Studies minor requires 21 credit hours and is open to those who are interested in international studies but have chosen another major.
  • The International Studies Area certificate, which requires 12 credit hours of work, is intended to give in-depth knowledge of a specific area of the world. Courses are taken in one of the following four areas: Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, or Asia. International Studies majors are not required to complete the certificate. However, the certificate nicely complements the major. The certificate is open to all majors.

International Economics

The International Economics concentration provides students with an understanding of the economic forces that shape international economic regimes. Students will develop their ability to analyze issues in international finance, trade, and economic development. Students completing the track will be qualified to begin their careers with U.S. government agencies involved in international economic issues or with international organizations concerned with issues of international trade and development, or to pursue graduate study in international economics.

International Business

In order to develop successful business practices and strategies in today's global market, management must understand foreign cultures and their economic and political systems. Business firms are anxious to employ those who can demonstrate knowledge of foreign culture as well as an understanding of the opportunities and constraints of conducting business in international markets. The International Business curriculum is designed with these preferences in mind and provides the type of educational experience that will make graduates of the program especially attractive to business firms.

International Development

The International Development concentration provides students with an understanding of the unique issues confronting the developing economies. Students will gain knowledge of the economic, political, and social institutions of the developing world and develop dexterity in analyzing issues in international development. Students completing this concentration will be qualified to begin their careers with U.S. government agencies or international organizations concerned with issues in international development.

International Politics

The formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy requires knowledge of foreign societies and their governments. An understanding of how nations pursue their political, economic, and security goals in an increasingly diverse and complex international environment is also needed. By thoroughly examining these concerns, the International Politics track prepares students for entry-level positions with the foreign and national affairs community of the U.S. government. Students will also be qualified for employment with the many public and private organizations concerned with U.S. foreign policy, national security, and world peace.