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Major in International Studies

Requirements, as of fall 2014:

All students will be required to take 36 credits with the INTL prefix to graduate. This means that students will need to take three of their connected learning or regional focus classes (out of ten total) from within INTL.

In addition to general education University Studies requirements and those for the B.A. degree, majors must complete an individualized curriculum, to include:

A. International Studies Core Courses - 30 credits required

Intl 201 Introduction to International Studies 4
Intl 2xx *Introduction to a World Region (fulfills 1 Sophomore Inquiry)
Intl 390 Foundations of Global Studies (New: Fall 2012) - Pre-req for INTL 407 4
Intl 396 **The United States and the World (or Intl 397 for International Development Studies)
Intl 407 Seminar (small group discussion; not lecture format) 4
Intl 471 Understanding the International Experience 4
Intl 499 ***Senior International Experience (approved UNST Capstones may fulfill)


B. Connected Global Learning (or International Development) electives- 20 credits required

These courses are topical (international, global) NOT regional in focus. At least 20 upper-division credits (with a grade C or above) from adviser-approved courses selected from departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the College of Urban and Public Affairs.  Students may choose to complete a minor in Community Health or Business to satisfy this component of the degree.  Lists of appropriate Connected Learning and International Development Studies courses (as well as guidance on business or health minors) are available in EH 341, or by clicking on the Forms/Lists button.

C. Regional Focus - 20 credits required

All majors must complete at least 20 upper-division credits (with a grade C or above) from adviser-approved, area-specific courses appropriate to the student's regional focus.  Current regional focus tracks are: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Middle East.  Courses are typically selected from departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Lists of appropriate Regional Focus courses are available in EH 341 or by clicking on the Forms/Lists button. 

D. Foreign Language:

Student must demonstrate competence in an appropriate foreign language either by completing the second year of the language in the final term or by passing a departmentally administered proficiency exam at the same level. ****

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Total required hours:  70 (plus from 0 to 36 depending on second language proficiency)


All courses used to satisfy the departmental major requirements, whether taken in the department or elsewhere, must be graded C or above. 

(*) Students graduating under a prior catalog year (before fall 2012) must complete 24 credits of Connected Learning and 24 credits of Regional Focus courses, and take three colloquiums (Intl 395) instead of Intl 390.

For general International Studies advice: contact Ari Douangpanya, EH 341, (503) 725-3455

For advice on upper-division course work for your specific focus, contact the Coordinator named on the related Regional or Thematic Focus page. (See the menu choices in the left margin above.)


* For Intl 2xx, the appropriate mentor section is required.
** Students may substitute PS 345 or SOC 320 for INTL 396, with approval of adviser. Substitutions for, or waivers of, all other INTL courses must be approved by the Program Director as well as the adviser.
An International Senior Capstone will normally fulfill the INTL 499 requirement.
****Demonstration of three years' foreign-language equivalency may be through examination; two years' coursework includes a departmentally administered proficiency examination.

Recommended lower-division foundation courses for international studies:

- ANTH 103: Intro to Social/Cultural Anthropology

- ECON 201: Contemporary Economic Issues

- ECON 202: Principles of Economics (Macro)*

- UNST/ESR 224: Environmental Sustainability

- GEOG 230: Environment and Society

- HST 103: History of Western City (Modern era)

- INTL 2--: Introduction to a regional area of study

- PS 103: State of the World

- SOC 200: Introduction to Sociology

- SP 215: Intro to Intercultural Communication

- UNST 220: Understanding Communities