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International Studies Major (BA)

Department of Political Science, 318 ten Hoor Hall
www.as.ua.edu/psc
internationalstudies@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in international studies must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in international studies requires the successful completion of the following 36 semester hours:

CoursesHours
ANT 102 3
EC 111 3
GY 105 3
HY 102 or HY 106 3
PSC 204 3
Field requirement1 300 or 400 level 6
Field requirement1 6
Concentration requirement2 300 or 400 level 3
Concentration requirement2 6
Total 36
   
¹Fields: Students must earn a minimum of 12 hours chosen from one of the following fields. A maximum of 6 hours can be in a single department. A minimum of 6 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. PSC 321 and PSC 422 can be used to satisfy field requirements provided the topic relates to the specific field and the program director approves.
 
  1. International Relations: ANT 210, ANT 275, ANT 311, ANT 402, ANT 418, ANT 436, ANT 440, CIP 200, GY 155, GY 377, GY 453, GY 467, HY 326, HY 481, HY 482, IHP 105, IHP 155, PSC 203, PSC 413, PSC 414, PSC 433, PSC 434, PSC 435, PSC 441, PSC 442, PSC 443, PSC 444, PSC 445, and PSC 446.
  2. International Business: EC 430, EC 431, EC 440, EC 450, EC 453, FI 431, FI 441, IBA 350, IBA 351, IBA 459, IBA 460, MGT 459, MKT 455, or MKT 460.
  3. Peace and Conflict Studies: HY 341, HY 357, HY 358, HY 413, HY 480, HY 481, HY 482, EC 444, PSC 441, PSC 442, or PSC 446.
 
²Concentrations: Students must earn a minimum of 9 hours chosen from one of the following areas (or methods specialization for peace and conflict studies). A maximum of 6 hours can be in a single department. A minimum of 3 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level. PSC 321 and PSC 422 can be used to satisfy concentration requirements provided the topic relates to the specific field and the program director approves.
  1. Asia: ANT 415, ANT 417, GY 347, HY 243, HY 244, HY 306, HY 309, HY 310, HY 401, HY 402, HY 403, HY 404, HY 405, REL 208, REL 210, or REL 220. Language minor: Chinese or Japanese.
  2. Latin America: ANT 408, ANT 409, ANT 413, EC 442, GY 343, GY 345, HY 237, HY 238, HY 474, HY 475, or PSC 332. Language minor: Spanish.
  3. Middle East and Africa: ANT 414, ANT 430, CL 384, GY 444, HY 384, or REL 224. Language minor: French or student-designed minor in Arabic language and culture.
  4. Russia and Eastern Europe: HY 361, HY 362, PSC 333, PSC 342, PSC 433, PSC 436, RUS 211, RUS 251, or RUS 252. Language minor: Russian.
  5. Western Europe: ANT 412, CL 385, CL 386, GN 260, HY 247, HY 248, HY 321, HY 349, HY 353, HY 357, HY 358, HY 365, HY 385, HY 386, HY 393, HY 442, HY 443, HY 444, HY 446, HY 447, HY 451, HY 455, HY 490. HY 491, HY 493, HY 494, HY 495, or PSC 334. Language minor: French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  6. Methods Specialization (peace and conflict studies only): EC 471, HY 430, PSC 202, PSC 421, ST 260, ST 310, ST 450, or ST 451. Language minor: Any foreign language minor.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This major does not require ancillary courses. However, courses in the field and area requirements may have prerequisites.

Required minor. Students must minor in a foreign language that is spoken in the area of the world chosen from the area requirement. A minor in any language will meet this requirement for the peace and conflict studies field.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. Students are encouraged to study abroad while fulfilling the requirements of the international studies program. For more information, contact the Capstone International Center.

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