Students can declare a major or acquire a minor in international studies through the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership.
A major consists of 54 semester hours and a minor consists of 18 semester hours. (statring with Fall 2013 catalog- see degree checklists if you were admitted under a prior catalog).
Both programs give students an opportunity to take courses from four international fields. Electives are divided into options to meet each student's interests and career plans.
In some of the options, students are urged to consider studying abroad during the summer term.
International Studies Major
The international studies program will be of interest to students planning a career in government, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. This program also prepares students wishing to pursue graduate work in international studies.
A major in International Studies consists of 54 semester hours, including 15 semester hours of required courses, 27 semester hours of elective (see degree checklists for more specific information about requirements). Students must also complete 12 hours in a foreign language. Only courses with a grade of C- or better may count towards an International Studies major, minor, or area of concentration. Students must have at least a cumulative GPA 2.50 in their degree coursework to qualify for graduation.
International Studies majors may opt to complete the major with a regional studies minor focusing on Asia, Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, or Sub-Saharan Africa. An embedded minor allows students to complete the requirements while completing the International Studies major. The program also prepares students for minors in various disciplines including Anthropology, Economics, a foreign language, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Service, and Sociology.
Students are encouraged to complete study abroad courses and internships toward the International Studies major. Topics courses and independent study credits may fulfill secondary course requirements. Contact the International Studies Coordinator prior to enrolling in any of these options to verify whether the credits qualify, and if so, how they will apply toward completing the major degree requirements. The Office of Education Abroad (UC415) can help with scholarship applications to offset expense, including university scholarships, as well as a “beyond the classroom” scholarship toward study abroad, sponsored by the Sociology Department, for which all majors are eligible.
International Studies Minor
With the global marketplace, there is more call for individuals with knowledge of the world. The International Studies minor works well with a variety of degrees. Students completing majors in Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Foreign Language, Geography, History, and Economics will find this minor particularly complimentary. This minor benefits those who plan careers in international business, law, journalism, government, politics, and Foreign Service.
A minor in international studies consists of 18 semester hours, including 12 hours of core courses and 6 semester hours of elective courses. See the degree checklists for more specific requirements.
Take a look at major and minor requirements or our major or minor degree checklists for a detailed list of course requirements. (These are listed by your catalog admission year).
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For additional information, refer to the catalog of your entry year.
Students are encouraged to complete study abroad courses toward the International Studies major or minor. Topics courses and independent study credits may fulfill secondary course requirements.
Contact the International Studies Coordinator prior to enrolling in any of these options to verify whether the credits qualify, and if so, how they will apply toward completing the major degree requirements.
Assistance With Study Abroad
The Office of Education Abroad (UC415) can assist with scholarship applications to offset expenses, including university scholarships, as well as a “beyond the classroom” scholarship toward study abroad, sponsored by the Sociology Department, for which all majors are eligible.
Special Admission Requirements
To declare a major in political science, criminal justice, or international studies, students – including transfer students – must have earned a GPA of at least 2.50 in all prior college work. First semester students who wish to declare a major in one of the above programs must have an ACT composite score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 990.