Dec 04, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

International Studies, BS


The major in International Studies provides the student with broad knowledge of world affairs through a curriculum drawn in large measure from history and political science. Students gain a full recognition and understanding of the multitudinous forces which shape the contemporary world, including nationalism, wars, political and economic ideologies, globalization, geographic factors, cultural differentials and modern technology.

Students majoring in International Studies are expected to conduct research regarding contemporary global issues, including the formulation of research questions and the ability to locate source materials.  Students should also understand the role of credible sources in the field of world politics. They should understand the role of the United States in world affairs and have insight into the lives, cultures, economics and politics of other regions of the world. It is expected that students will be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally concerning global and contemporary issues, results of research, and analyses. In addition, International Studies students will have basic reading skills in a foreign language.

Students interested in completing an Asian Studies Concentration or a Latin American Studies Concentration within the International Studies Major should meet with the respective Directors of the Concentration and the International Studies Advisor early in their academic career in order to plan their course of study.

In order to further strengthen the student’s knowledge, a study abroad experience is encouraged; over half of International Studies students spend a semester or more studying in a foreign country.


For more information about the History department, visit its website.


International Studies Curriculum


   Department and Number - Descriptive Title of Course Fall Cr. Spr. Cr.

First Year

                             
 MAJOR  HIST 110 - (CH) History of the United States to 1877  — HIST 111 - (CH) History of the United States from Reconstruction to the Present   3 3
 COGNATE  PS 120 - (S) U.S. Politics: Principles & Citizenship  — PS 121 - (S) U.S. Politics: Institutions & Policy   3 3
 COGNATE  LANG 101–102 Elementary or 211–212 Intermediate 3 3
 GE WRTG  WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition   3  
 EP FYOC/FYDT   HIST 190 - (FYOC,FYDT) Digital History 1 3  
 GE QUAN  QUAN ELECT - Quantitative-Reasoning Elective   3
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Elective   3
 GE FSEM  First Year Seminar 3                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       15 15

Second Year

   
 MAJOR  HIST 120 - (CH) Europe: 1500 to the Present  — HIST 121 - (CH) Europe: 1815 to Present   3 3
 MAJOR  PS 212 - (S) International Relations   3                      
 MAJOR  HIST ELECT - History Elective or PS ELECT - Political Sci. Elective1                       3
 MAJOR  GEOG 134 - (S) World Regional Geography     3
 COGNATE  LANG - Intermediate or Advanced 3 3
 GE PHIL–T/RS  PHIL 120 - Introduction to Philosophy  — T/RS 121 - (P) Theology I: Introduction to the Bible   3 3
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Elective 3  
    15 15

Third Year

   
 MAJOR  HIST - History Electives or PS ELECT - Political Sci. Electives1 3 3
 GE S/BH  ECO 153 - (S) Principles of Microeconomics  — ECO 154 - (S) Principles of Macroeconomics   3 3
 GE NSCI  NSCI ELECT - Natural Science Electives 3 3
 GE HUMN  HUMN ELECT - Humanities Electives 3 3
 GE PHIL–T/RS  PHIL 210 - Ethics  — T/RS 122 - (P) Theology II: Introduction to Christian Theology   3 3
    15 15

Fourth Year

   
 MAJOR  IS 390 - Seminar in International Studies  — FREE ELECT - Free Elective 3 3
 MAJOR  HIST ELECT - History Electives of PS ELECT - Political Sci. Electives2 3 3
 COGNATE  COGNATE ELECT - Cognate Electives 3 3
 GE ELECT  FREE ELECT - Free Electives 3 6
 GE PHIL or T/RS  PHIL - Philosophy or T/RS ELECT - T/RS Elective 3  
    15 15
 

Total: 120 Credits

1HIST 190  is recommended, however, this requirement may be satisfied by any FYOC/FYDT Course.

2Major electives to be selected from PS 213  ,PS 217 , PS 219 , PS 221 , PS 222 , LAS 295 , PS 318 , PS 319 , PS 323 , PS 328 , PS 330  PS 331 , PS 332 , PS 333 , PS 334 , PS 335 , PS 338 ; HIST 125 , HIST 126 , HIST 132 , HIST 133 HIST 290 , HIST 211 , HIST 213 , HIST 214 , HIST 215 , HIST 219 , HIST 220 , HIST 226 , HIST 242 , HIST 295 , HIST 335 , HIST 338 , HIST 339 ; GEOG 217  or PS 210  recommended.

3 The selection of a First Year Seminar is likely to fulfill requirements both for the First Year Seminar and a General Education Requirement.  Thus, the First Year Seminar will not add to the total credits for the semester.  Talk with your advisor if you have any questions.