Sep 27, 2023
During the last few decades, companies and government agencies have increased their search for employees who understand world issues. A Bachelor of Arts with a major in international studies and a concentration in regional studies makes you a valuable asset to any organization working in your chosen region.
This major is designed to prepare students for jobs in the public and private sectors, where globalization is increasing dramatically, or to enter a graduate degree program.
Hours required and general/college requirements
A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
Majors need 42 hours from the list of approved courses below, including:
Regional Studies concentration, 36 hours
Twelve of the 36 hours must be advanced-level courses.
Regional choice, 18 hours
Select two regions from the following four regions of the world and take 9 hours in each.
Africa and the Middle East
Additional area of concentration, 9 hours
Select 9 hours from a second area of concentration:
Foreign language for Regional Studies students
In their choice of a foreign language to satisfy degree requirements, students who select Regional Studies as their area of concentration must choose a language that complements their primary area of concentration. For example, students who choose Asian studies as their area of concentration may select either Chinese or Japanese; students who choose Latin America may select Spanish; students who choose European Studies may choose German, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian; students who choose Africa and the Middle East may select Arabic or French.
* May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
Some courses (e.g., INST 4850 and INST 4900 ) may be repeated for credit as topics vary and if the subject is appropriate.
Other course requirements
- 6 upper-division hours in a foreign language of the student’s choice. International students who attended high school in a non-native English speaking country and have been exempted from the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement can substitute 6 hours of advanced English writing courses with prior approval of the International Studies director or academic advisor.
- Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Study Abroad opportunities. Students are also encouraged to do an internship related to their area of concentration; only 3 hours will apply towards the major.
Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in international studies, a student must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of graduation.