Feb 20, 2019
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.
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.
- ANTH 3600 - Peoples and Cultures of Europe
- GEOG 4030 - British Isles Field School *
- HIST 4055 - The Russian Empire from 1700 to 1917
- HIST 4060 - Russia in the 20th and 21st Centuries
- HIST 4061 - Russian Cultural History of the 20th Century
- HIST 4090 - Britain and Ireland in the Age of Revolution, 1603–1832
- HIST 4100 - Modern Britain Since 1830
- HIST 4105 - Britain Since 1945
- HIST 4110 - British Empire in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific
- HIST 4125 - The Military History of England and its Colonies
- HIST 4262 - Topics in European History (when approved)
- HIST 4301 - Napoleonic Europe, 1799–1815
- HIST 4320 - Anti-Semitism in Europe, French Revolution to Present
- HIST 4335 - Age of Revolutions: Europe, 1700–1918
- HIST 4340 - Europe in the Nineteenth Century, 1815–1914
- HIST 4350 - Europe, 1914–1945
- HIST 4360 - Europe since 1945
- HIST 4365 - Modern Germany, 1815–Present
- HIST 4370 - Intellectual, Cultural and Social History of Modern Europe since 1789
- HIST 4385 - Nazi Germany
- HIST 4390 - The Holocaust, 1933–1945
- PSCI 3700 - Area Politics (when approved)
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 Liberal Arts and Social 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 Liberal Arts and Social 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 2.0 at the time of graduation.