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International Studies, Bachelor of Arts Degree

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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Bachelor of Arts
(42-489)

The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International
Studies will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the
program to:
• Develop an awareness of how the world’s systems are
interdependent and how local economic and social patterns have
a global impact beyond their effect on individual lives.
• Understand and be able to analyze the critical topics in
international affairs and global issues.
• Demonstrate knowledge of various social movements and
organizations that have created and are creating goals and
values that transcend national cultures and ideologies.
• Communicate program-specific knowledge effectively both
verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively at the
intermediate level in a foreign language.
• Employ the discipline’s theories, approaches, and methods in
order to examine and understand past, present, and possible
future international interactions.
•Develop sensitivity and respect for other cultures and an ability
to operate with civility in a complex, diverse and globalized
world.


Sem. Hours

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (42)

IS 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3)

ANTH 4870 Comparative Cultures (3)

GEOG 2246 Economic Geography (3)

POLS 2530 International Relations (3)

POLS 2520 Comparative Politics (3)

REL 3210 Comparative World Religions (3)

SOC 3885 Globalization and the Future (3)

IS 4950 Senior Seminar (3)

Electives in an Content specialization (12)

(6 upper division course credits required)

Electives in Geographic specialization (6)

Content Specializations

Content 1: The Global Society and Culture

ANTH 3850 Peoples of the World (3)

ART 4850 Twentieth Century Art & Architecture (3)

COMM 4260 Comparative Media Systems (3)

ENGL 2270 Fiction by Women Around the World (3)

GEOG 4270 World Political Geography (3)

HIST 2402 History of the Modern World (3)

IGEN 4244 Comparative Cross-Cultural Cinema (3)

POLS 3541 Contemporary Political Theory (3)

POLS 3553 Women and Politics (3)

PHIL 3100 History of Philosophy- Enlightenment (3)

REL 2310 World Views and Values (3)

REL 2510 Gender and Religions (3)

SOC 3810 Culture and Society (3)

SOC 4850 Work and the Modern Society (3)

CJ 3020 Comparative Justice Systems (3)

Content 2: International Relations, Peace and Justice

CJ 2405 International Policing (3)

CJ 3398 International Human Rights & CJ (3)

CJ 4352 International Criminal Law (3)

CJ 4444 Terrorism (3)

GEOG 4270 World Political Geography (3)

HIST 4418 War & Modern Society (3)

HIST 4432 Holocaust (3)

HIST 4325 History of American Diplomacy (3)

HIST 4416 Europe in Crisis (3)

POLS 3530 International Organizations (3)

POLS 4530 International Law (3)

POLS 4531 American Foreign Policy (3)

POLS 4532 International Relations of East Asia (3)

Content 3: International Political Economy & Policy Studies

AGR 2130 Global Agriculture (3)

COMM 4260 Comparative Media Systems (3)

ECON 1011 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECON 4050 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

GEOG 4270 World Political Geography (3)

INDM 4010 Current Issues in Industry (3)

POLS 3530 International Organizations (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

POLS 4531 American Foreign Policy (3)

POLS 4511 Public Policy (3)

SOC 3845 Social Inequality (3)

Content 4: Human Development & the Physical Environment

EASC 3010 Environmental Geology (3)

ECON 4050 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

GEOG 3275 Climatology (3)

GEOG 4265 Urban Geography (3)

GEOG 4270 World Political Geography (3)

POLS 3530 International Organizations (3)

POLS 3553 Women and Politics (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of Human Development (3)

REL 2310 World Views and Values (3)

REL 2510 Gender and Religions (3)

SOC 2830 Demography (3)

SOC 3810 Culture and Society (3)

SOC 3845 Social Inequality (3)

SOC 3890 Criminology (3)

SOC 4810 Urban Sociology (3)

SOC 4850 Work and the Modern Society (3)

Geographic Specializations

Geographic 1: African Studies

HIST 4471 The African Diaspora (3)

HIST 4472 African History (3)

HIST 4473 History of South Africa (3)

REL 2410 Religions of Africa (3)

GEOG 3310 Geography of Africa (3)

GEOG 3314 Geography of North Africa/SW Asia (3)

POLS 3523 Modern Sub-Saharan Africa (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

Geographic 2: Asian Studies

POLS 3522 Modern East Asia (3)

POLS 4532 International Relations of Asia (3)

GEOG 4230 Geography of Asia (3)

GEOG 3314 Geography of North Africa/SW Asia (3)

HIST 4461 The Rise of Chinese Civilization (3)

HIST 4462 The Rise of Japanese Civilization (3)

HIST 4463 Communist China (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

Geographic 3: European Studies

GEOG 3200 Geography of Europe (3)

GEOG 4235 Geography of the Former Soviet Union (3)

HIST 4413 The Age of Absolutism & Enlightenment (3)

HIST 4414 The Age of the French Revolution (3)

HIST 4415 Revolutionary Europe (3)

HIST 4416 Europe in Crisis 1900-1945 (3)

HIST 4423 Modern Britain and the Empire (3)

HIST 4431 Modern Germany & the Nazi Experience (3)

HIST 4442 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3)

HIST 4451 Imperial Spain (3)

HIST 4412 Era of Renaissance and Reformation (3)

PHIL 3100 History of Philosophy-Enlightenment (3)

POLS 4550 The European Union (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

Geographic 4: Latin American Studies

HIST 4451 Imperial Spain (3)

HIST 4452 Modern Latin America (3)

HIST 4453 History of Mexico (3)

GEOG 3225 Geography of Latin America (3)

POLS 3521 Latin American Government & Politics (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

Geographic 5: Middle East Studies

HIST 4481 Traditional Middle East (3)

HIST 4482 The Modern Middle East (3)

POLS 4521 Culture and Politics of the Middle East (3)

GEOG 3314 Geography of North Africa/SW Asia (3)

POLS 4520 Principles of International Development (3)

 

 

MINOR NOT REQUIRED

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (48)

MODERN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (12)

All international studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a

modern language other than their native language. This

requirement can be satisfied in one of the following ways: a)

Complete 12 credit hours of one modern language with a grade

of “C” or higher in each course; b) Test and receive a ranking of

“intermediate” (equivalent to 2 years or 12 hours) in a modern

language; c) Test and receive a ranking of “intermediate” in both

the oral and written portions of the ACTFL test in a modern

language.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

All international studies majors must satisfy one of the following:

a) Participate in a study abroad program approved by UCM; b)

Participate in an international internship approved by the

International Studies Director and sponsored by a department at

UCM; c) Participate in an international service learning program

approved by the International Studies Director.

FREE ELECTIVES (18)

MINIMUM TOTAL (120)


IS 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3) An
interdisciplinary course highlighting the interconnectedness
between the individual, communities, and the global system.
Theories of international relations, economics, and law are
applied to topics.
IS 3900 Special Projects in International Studies (3) Study,
interpretation, and discussion of special topics and problems in
international studies.
IS 4900 Directed Readings in International Studies (3) Readings
focused on a specific area of international studies or a current issue
that is of particular interest to the student.
IS 4950 Senior Seminar (3) This capstone course requires
students to apply concepts and theories to global issues in a
culminating project.