International Studies BA (Regional Emphasis)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a Regional Emphasis is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of world affairs and how they affect U.S. foreign and domestic policies. This track in the degree contains an enhanced regional emphasis  (15 credit hours) in one of five regions including Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa. One of the main objectives of this program is to prepare students to cope realistically and intelligently with the changing world, a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent and in which vast new multiplications of cultural forces are emerging.

Track 1: Regional Emphasis 

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Foreign Language 2001 - Intermediate I
Foreign Language 2002 - Intermediate II
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to International Studies
Elementary Statistics
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following area F electives:
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Religious Studies
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements 1
International Studies Core:12
Contemporary World Cultures
Global Issues
Research Methods in International Studies
Seminar in International Studies
Topical Course Selection - Select one area15
1. Development, Aid, and Sustainability
2. Security, Conflict, and Diplomacy
3. Societies, Cultures, and Traditions
Regional Emphasis - Select 15 hours of courses from one of the regions below.15
1. Asia 3
2. Africa 4
3. Latin America and Caribbean 5
4. Europe 6
5. Middle East and North Africa
Theory Course Selection (chosen with advisor)3
Electives or Internship15
Select 15 credit hours of Electives or Internship
Total Credit Hours124

Note: Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all INTS designated courses and all courses within the major requirements.

Honors in International Studies

To graduate with Honors in International Studies, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (HONS   4610) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


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