International Studies (BA) - International Relations Concentration

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
Major Requirements42
International Studies Core18
A. Complete the following:
IS 100Global Issues3
PSC 250Comparative Politics3
PSC 270International Relations3
GEO 312World Economic Geog3
PHL/REL 352World Religions3
IS 495Senior Seminar - W3
International Relations Concentration24
A. Foreign language at the 200 level - Select six hours from the following:6
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
Intermediate Russian I
and Intermediate Russian II
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Korean I
and Intermediate Korean II
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
B. Complete the following:
PSC 372American Foreign Policy3
C. Complete the following:
AN 358Economic Anthropology3
D. Complete the following:
CA 330Intercultural Communication-W3
E. Select nine hours of electives from the following:9
Current Global Economic Issues
International Economics (if not taken as part of a pre-professional program)
Economic Development
Warfare Society Modern World
History of Military Thought-W
War and Soc 20th Century
Modern Political Thought-W
Politics of the Middle East
Adv Study Intl Relations
Seminar on Terrorism
Seminar -
Prof St Internship -
Any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on International Relations
Minor Requirements
A minor is required for this degree program18-24

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one must be in major or minor. 


AN 100 required as a prerequisite.

Additional Information

Students majoring in International Studies should complete 18 credit hours of core courses, one of six concentrations (24 credit hours), and a pre-professional program or traditional minor in a complementary subject.

Pre-Professional Program

Students should complete either one of the three pre-professional programs outlined below (international business, a language specialization, or a personalized pre-professional program) or have a traditional minor. Students with a double major are not required to have a pre-professional program or a minor.

International Business

(21 Hrs)

The International Business option provides students with a basic foundation in business and best equips the student to enter the field of international business or related areas upon graduation.

ECO 330Current Global Economic Issues3
or ECO 363 International Economics
MKT 320Principles of Marketing3
MKT 374Consumer Behavior3
MKT 380Integrated Mkt Communications3
Select nine hours of elective from the following:9
Multinational Finance
International Mgt
New Venture Creation
International Marketing
Market Research
Intro International Business
Export-Import Management
Applications in International Business
Prof St Internship -
Total Hours21

Language Specialization

(21 Hrs)

The Language Concentration option allows students to acquire a professional level of fluency in a foreign language as a complement to their international studies training. The requirements are 21 hours of study in a selected foreign language. Students wishing to concentrate in language should consider the FL/IS double major described below. Note: This option may not be available for all languages.

Personalized Pre-Professional Program

(21 Hrs)

The Personalized Pre-professional Program is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate study and need a special program tailored to the needs of their expected graduate area. A pre-professional program consisting of a minimum of 21 semester hours including at least one upper-level seminar, directed studies, or internship. Proposals for a personalized program, drawn up by the student in consultation with his or her advisor, must be submitted for approval to the Program Director and the Dean of Arts and Sciences before the first semester of the student's junior year.

Graduation Plan

(120 Total Hours)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CAS 100 First Yr Exp - 2
EH 101 English Composition I 3
LG/LGSFirst semester of foreign language 3
IS 100 Global Issues 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
EH 102 English Composition II (or Honors) 3
LG/LGSSecond semester of foreign language 3
MA 110 Finite Mathematics (or higher) 3
AN 100 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
Fine Arts elective 3
Second Year
PSC 250 Comparative Politics 3
HY 101 HY of Western Civilization I 3
GEO 114 People, Places, Environment 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
LG/LGSThird semester of foreign language 3
HY 102 HY of Western Civilization II 3
PSC 270 International Relations 3
LG/LGSFourth semester of foreign language 3
EH 235
World Lit before 1650
or World Lit after 1650
Natural Science with Lab 4
Third Year
PHL/REL 352 World Religions 3
GEO 312 World Economic Geog 3
CA 330 Intercultural Communication-W 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
International Studies elective, 300 or 400 level 3
AN 358 Economic Anthropology 3
PSC 372 American Foreign Policy 3
Minor course 3
Minor course 3
Minor course 3
Fourth Year
IS 495 Senior Seminar - W 3
International Studies elective, 300-400 level 3
Elective 3
Minor course 3
Minor course 3
International Studies elective, 300 or 400 level 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Minor course, 300 level or higher 3
Minor course, 300 level or higher 3
 Total Hours122