Working closely with their adviser, students majoring in International Studies design a curriculum that provides a regional focus, as well as a global perspective in their area of interest. The 70 required credit hours encompass course work in a core curriculum and elective courses with a regional focus and connected global learning, including international development studies as a focus. Students must also demonstrate third-year proficiency in a second language related to their region of focus, which may require additional course work. Students completing the major can earn up to 10 general education credit hours.
A student who wishes to minor in International Studies must complete 28 credit hours in International Studies and thematically connected coursework, and demonstrate a second-year proficiency in an appropriate foreign language.
The University awards certificates for language and area specialization to students who have completed, or are completing, the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in any other field. Certificates are currently available in Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, and Contemporary Turkish Studies.
The course of study is designed to broaden the student’s understanding of a particular world area. Students must take 24 credits (two years) of one adviser-approved language appropriate to the geographic area of concentration (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in that language); and they must successfully complete 28 credits of specified area courses.
The specific courses needed for a certificate in each area differ; interested students should consult the International Studies Program in 341 East Hall. Language and area studies certificate programs focus on the study of a group of countries or a geographical area having common linguistic and/or cultural characteristics.
Students in the International Studies major, minor and certificate programs are encouraged to consider overseas study opporunities available through the Edcuation Abroad Office (http://www.oia.pdx.edu/ea/), East Hall 101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Core Learning Outcome:
Students will demonstrate un understanding of world cultures, politics, and economics, within the context of globalization, as well as developing the skills and attitudes to function as "global citizens."