Current student information for International Studies

Current INTS students graduating in fall 2022 or later can complete these requirements with approval of an INTS advisor. Current INTS students wishing to complete earlier "zone of expertise" and "focus theme" requirements should work with an INTS advisor to slot courses accordingly. 

I. 5 Introductory Courses (Required):

1. INTS 2020 Foundations of International Studies
2. ECON 2012 Macro Economics or INTB 3000 Global Perspectives
3. PSCI 3042 International Relations or PSCI 3022 Political Systems of the World
4. COMM 4720 Global Communication or ANTH 2102 Culture & Human Experience
5. A regional History course. Options include:

HIST 3451 Introduction to African History
HIST 3350 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3460 Modern Latin American History
HIST 3470 Intro to East Asia: Since 1800
HIST 3480 Introduction to European History
HIST 3500 African History in Novels and Films
HIST 4083 Russia Since 1917
HIST 4086 Eastern Europe
HIST 4421 Modern China
HIST 4431 Modern Japan
HIST 4461 The Modern Middle East


II. 10 International Courses (upper division)

After completing the Introductory Courses (or nearly so), INTS majors select 30 credits (10 courses) of upper division international courses in a minimum of two different departments. In the process, the INTS program strongly encourages students to earn "stackable” credentials (certificates and minors) in areas of interest. More than one certificate or minor can be earned (i.e., “stacked”) while completing the INTS major. Credentials may include (but are not limited to):  

Certificate in Immigration Studies
Certificate in Middle East Politics
Certificate in Global and Intercultural Communication
Certificate in Latinx Studies 
Certificate in Spanish for International Business

Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners
Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Chinese Studies
Political Science

Public Health
Religious Studies
Social Justice
Women's & Gender Studies


III. Capstone Experience

The INTS program offers the INTS 4990 Capstone course once per year (usually in the fall). Students should plan ahead to take the Capstone course in their final year of the program. A Capstone experience should be selected in collaboration with an INTS program advisor as part of degree planning. Alternative options for the spring semester include:

(a) HUMN/SSCI 5013 - Interdisciplinary Methods and Practice
(b) INTS Program Honors (with Directed Research)
(c) Participation in the United Nations summer course 
(d) A competitive application internship (must be approved by an INTS program advisor in advance)


General International Studies Program Requirements

  • 16 classes (48 credits) are required. Because the courses for International Studies come from several different departments, students can fulfill many graduation requirements while doing their INTS major coursework. This makes the INTS major more efficient than it may seem. Students can fulfill the following College and CORE requirements by double-counting courses:

CORE International Perspectives: INTS 2020 
CORE Social Science: ECON 2012 
CLAS Social Science course: PSCI 3042 or PSCI 3022
CLAS Humanities course: HIST 4032 
CLAS Behavioral Sciences course: COMM 4720 or CORE Behavioral Science: ANTH 2102  
CLAS 45 Upper-Division Credits Requirement: Between 33-42 upper-division credits can be completed within the INTS major, depending on course selections

  • Students may transfer in 8 or fewer classes (24 credits).

  • C- or above required for all major courses.

  • Program Honors = 3.0 overall and 3.5 GPA within the major.

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required.

  • Students may use up to 6 internship credits toward International Studies graduation requirements.

  • Students may use up to 6 credits of independent study toward International Studies graduation requirements.

  • While not required for graduation, International Studies majors should aim to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Non-native English speakers typically use English for their language proficiency. Language proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of the fourth semester of a foreign language course sequence or by passing an equivalent proficiency exam. Two 2000-level language courses may be counted toward the major overall. 3000- and 4000-level language courses may be counted toward the 10 course requirement. 1000-level language courses generally cannot be counted toward the major but may be used to fulfill other graduation requirements (although some exceptions can be made - please speak with an INTS advisor).