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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM (INST)

Department of Political Science
Office: 302 ten Hoor Hall

The international studies program includes a major and a minor. Their basic purpose, accomplished through a broad base of courses from various social sciences, is to provide a flexible curriculum aimed at promoting an understanding of world affairs and a thorough grasp of the problems facing various geographical areas of the world. In addition, the curriculum is designed to serve the following specific objectives: (1) the preparation of secondary school teachers in social studies; (2) the promotion of area specializations, including the study of one of the languages spoken in the area; and (3) preparation for postgraduate training in international affairs for those seeking professional careers in the foreign relations field. Students are encouraged to study abroad while fulfilling the requirements of the international studies program. Information on study-abroad opportunities is available from International Programs and Services in B. B. Comer Hall.

Major in international studies. The international studies major consists of four parts: introductory courses (15 hours); field requirement (12 hours in international relations or in international business); area requirement (9 hours from courses dealing with an area of the world); and foreign language minor. The language must be one that is spoken in the area of the world chosen for the area requirement. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Introductory courses. All students majoring in international studies must take the following 15 hours of introductory courses: ANT 102, EC 111, GY 105, HY 102 or HY 106, and PSC 204.

Field requirement. The 12-hour field requirement applies to all students majoring in international studies. Students must choose either international relations or international business and must take at least 12 hours of approved courses in that field. Prerequisite courses may be necessary for enrollment in field courses.

At least 6 of the hours must be at the 300 or 400 level, and courses must be taken in at least two academic departments. The courses approved for international relations include the following: ANT 209, ANT 210, ANT 275, ANT 418, ANT 436, ANT 440, HY 326, PSC 203, PSC 413, PSC 414, PSC 433, PSC 434, PSC 435, PSC 442, PSC 443, PSC 444, and PSC 445. The courses approved for international business include the following: EC 430, EC/FI 431, EC 440, EC 453, IBA 350, IBA 351, IBA/MGT 459, MKT 455, IBA/MKT 460. Students in both fields should see the major advisor for lists of additional approved courses.

Area requirement. All students must take 9 hours dealing with one of the following areas of the world. At least 3 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level, and courses must be taken in at least two academic departments. Approved courses are listed below; students should see their major advisors for lists of additional approved courses.

Required minor. Each student must minor in a foreign language that is spoken in the area of the world chosen for the area requirement. Departmental requirements for language minors are listed in other (language department) sections of this catalog and must be met.

Requirements for the minor in international studies. The international studies minor consists of two parts: 6 hours of introductory courses chosen from ANT 102, EC 111, GY 105, HY 102, and PSC 204; and a 12-hour field requirement in either international relations or international business, to be taken from courses such as those listed above for the international studies major. At least 6 of the field hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. Courses must be taken in at least two academic departments. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the International Studies Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EN 1013
Natural science4
MATH13
Foreign language3–4
HY 1023
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14–16
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 1023
Natural science4
Humanities23
Foreign language3–4
PSC 2043
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14–16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
EN 205 or EN 20923
Foreign language3
ANT 1023
EC 1103
Fine arts23
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
EN 206 or EN 21023
Foreign language3
Field course3
EC 1113
GY 1053
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15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Foreign language3
Area course3
Field course3
Electives6
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Field course3
Foreign language3
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Electives6
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Area course3
Field course3
Electives9
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Area course3
Electives12
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15
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 18 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

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