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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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- Foreign Language

Q: To earn a degree in International Studies am I required to study a foreign language?

A: The International Studies major requires that students demonstrate third-year proficiency in one language appropriate to their regional focus.  For students taking courses at PSU, third-year proficiency is defined by successful completion of the terminal course in the third-year language sequence or completion of an upper division equivalent.  For students admitted to PSU in Fall 2007, or later, the terminal course for most languages is 303. 

***Since this requirement is met by proficiency and not credit hours, you may have learned the foreign language outside of a classroom, for example, from relatives or by living abroad. If this is the case, please contact the World Languages and Literatures department for information on how to satisfy this requirement by demonstrating third-year proficiency. 

 

- Study Abroad

Q: To earn a degree in International Studies am I required to study abroad?

A: No. Studying abroad is a valuable experience and is encouraged, but not required. If you have any questions regarding study abroad, visit Education Abroad page.

 

- Majors

Q: What is my major code?

A: The major code for International Studies depends on your regional focus area as follows: Africa = ISAF; Asia = ISEA; International Development = ISID; Europe = ISEE; Latin America = ISLA; and Middle East = ISME.

 

- INTL Classes

Q: Must I complete INTL 201 before I can enroll in other INTL courses?

A: No; but it is strongly encouraged. Intl 201 is a required pre-requisite for the new Intl 390 Foundations of Global Studies course, which should be taken junior year. 

Q: Is it acceptable to use courses from other departments to satisfy my Regional Focus requirements?

A: Yes. The regional focus classes can be taken from any department, as long as they are upper division courses with a concentration on your region of focus. A list of suggested courses is compiled and made available every term from this office.  For course work in your region, see the Course Recommendations page under each region.

Q: What is INTL 395?

A: The INTL 395 colloquium is a lecture series with changing international topics.  The winter colloquium is offered in conjunction with the Portland World Affairs Council.  As of the fall of 2012, it is no longer a required course for International Studies majors.  In its place, we now require Intl 390 Foundations of Global Studies. (Intl 390 is a prerequisite for the senior seminar Intl 407.

Q: Can I take another class in place of INTL 396?

A: Yes. PS 345 U.S. Foreign Policy or SOC 320 Globalization may substitute.

Q: What is INTL 499?

A: This course, Senior International Experience, doesn't appear in the class schedule. Generally, to fulfill this requirement, students will complete an International Studies approved Univeristy Capstone (UNST 421) with a global focus. See your International Studies Advisor or contact internationalstudies@pdx.edu for more information.

Q: Can I take a class outside of my "Regional Focus" and have it count for "Connected Learning" requirements?

A: Yes, it is possible to take one class focused on a different region of the world and have it satisfy a "Connected Learning" requirement.

Q: How can I get a list of classes that satisfy my "Regional Focus" requirements?

Under Academics (top menu bar), see the Course Recommendation page for your region and plan to meet with the Coordinator for your region.  (The link for Course Recommendations will appear in the menu in the left margin of each Region Focus page.)  You may also check course suggestions each term under forms/lists page or contact internationalstudies@pdx.edu for more information.

Q: How can I get a list of classes that satisfy my "International Development Studes Focus" requirements?

Under Academics (top menu bar), see course recommendations on the International Development Studies page  and plan to meet with the Coordinator.  You may also check course suggestions each term under forms/lists page or contact internationalstudies@pdx.edu for more information.

Q: How can I get a list of classes that satisfy my "Connected Learning" requirements?

Check the course suggestions under forms/lists page or contact internationalstudies@pdx.edu for more information.

 

- University Studies

Q: What is University Studies? Does it relate to the International Studies major?

A: University Studies is a unique program that PSU requires for its students to take, and it is separate from International Studies Program. Check the University Studies page for more information.

Q: Can I take Global Perspectives for my Junior Cluster as an International Studies major?

A: We encourage majors to take advantage of University Studies cluster courses to pursue areas of interest beyond the major.While it is possible for majors to complete the Global Perspectives cluster, the number of allowed courses is limited.

If your major is International Studies you:

1.   MAY NOT count any INTL-prefixed course towards the cluster.

2. 
  MAY NOT count any course that relates to your region of focus towards the cluster.
 
3.   MAY NOT count any course that is being used to satisfy your connected learning or International Development focus towards the cluster.

What if I am a double major?

If you declare International Studies as your SECOND major, then you may count any course towards the cluster (including Intl-prefixed, regional focus or connected learning courses) that is not required to complete your first declared major.

For a list of courses in the Global Perspectives cluster see http://www.pdx.edu/unst/cluster-global-perspectives