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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 p. 50-52), 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 formally declare a major 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 and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

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

CoursesHours
ANT 1023
EC 1113
GY 1053
HY 102 or HY 1063
PSC 2043
Field requirement1 300 or 400 level6
Field requirement16
Area requirement2 300 or 400 level3
Area requirement26
Total36

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.
  1. International Relations: ANT 209, ANT 210, ANT 275, ANT 311, ANT 402, ANT 418, ANT 436, ANT 440, GY 155, GY 377, GY 453, GY 467, HY 326, IHP 105, IHP 155, PSC 203, PSC 413, PSC 414, PSC 433, PSC 434, PSC 435, PSC 441, PSC 442, PSC 443, PSC 444, and PSC 445.
  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.
2Areas: Students must earn a minimum of 9 hours chosen from one of the following areas. A maximum of 6 hours can be in a single department. A minimum of 3 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  1. Asia: ANT 415, ANT 416, ANT 417, GY 347, HY 243, HY 244, HY 306, HY 309, HY 310, HY 401, HY 402, HY 403, HY 404, HY 405, PSC 331, PSC 341, REL 208, REL 210, or REL 220.
  2. Latin America: ANT 408, ANT 409, ANT 413, EC 442, GY 343, GY 345, HY 237, HY 238, HY 277, HY 470, HY 472, HY 473, HY 474, HY 475, or PSC 332. Middle East and Africa: ANT 414, ANT 430, CL 384, GY 444, GY 348, HY 384, REL 224, or REL 225.
  3. Russia and Eastern Europe: GY 349, HY 361, HY 362, PSC 333, PSC 342, PSC 433, PSC 436, RUS 211, RUS 251, or RUS 252.
  4. Western Europe: ANT 412, ANT 429, CL 385, CL 386, GN 251, GN 260, GY 346, HY 247, HY 248, HY 289, HY 321, HY 353, HY 355, HY 357, HY 358, HY 385, HY 386, HY 393, HY 442, HY 443, HY 444, HY 446, HY 447, HY 450, HY 490. HY 491, HY 493, HY 494, HY 495, or PSC 334.

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.

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.

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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