INTS offers a professionally-oriented major, and students are expected to develop both a regional Zone of Expertise and Focus Theme specialization. Students should choose courses from the Introductory, Zone, and Theme courses that contribute to developing both a broad and deep understanding of international issues.

I. Required Introductory Courses:

INTS 2020 Foundations of International Studies
ECON 2012 Macro Economics
PSCI 3042 International Relations or PSCI 3052 Comparative Politics
HIST 4032 Globalization in World History since 1945
COMM 4720 Global Communication or ANTH 2102 Culture & Human Experience

II. 10 courses combined from one Zone of Expertise and one Focus Theme:

    Zones of Expertise (for a list of courses, check the Course Offerings page)

    Africa (Sub-Saharan; French or other relevant language)
    Asia (Chinese or other relevant language)
    Colonial, Neo-Colonial, & Post-Colonial Worlds (English for non-native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language)
    Europe (English for non-native speakers, French, German, Spanish, or other relevant language)
    Global (any language, English for non-native speakers)
    Islamic World (Arabic or other relevant language)
    Latin America (Spanish or other relevant language)
    North America (English for non-native speakers, French, Spanish, or other relevant language)

      Focus Themes (for a list of courses and descriptions of the Focus Themes, check the Course Offerings page)

      Activism, Resistance, & Social Justice
      Environmental Studies
      Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration
      Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
      Global Arts & Cultures
      Global Development Studies
      Global Health Studies
      International Business, Communication, & Media
      International Political Economy
      Peace, Human Rights, & Security 


      Focus Theme Descriptions:

      Activism, Resistance, & Social Justice
      This focus theme is for students who are passionate, engaged citizens who seek to effect change globally. Students gain skills in conflict resolution, environmentalism, and grassroots organizing, helping to prepare them for graduate school, as well as leadership positions in international NGOs, public health, and political organizations. Representative courses include: Video and Social Change; Social Media for Social Change; and Social Movements, Democracy, and Global Politics.

      Environmental Studies
      This focus theme engages the factors affecting the distribution of people and their activities in order to provide meaningful solutions to international environmental problems. Students investigate border-spanning environmental issues, socioeconomic problems, and planning policies. Courses include: Globalization and Regional Development; Eco-Tourism; and Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions.

      Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration
      Focusing on self-determination, ethnic conflict, identity formation, minority protection, and citizenship, courses include: Indigenous Studies; Islamophobia; and Human Migration: Nomads, Sojourners, and Settlers. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international organizations that assist refugees and migrants, as well as organizations that combat ethnic conflict.

      Feminist Theory & Gender Studies
      This focus theme addresses the history, politics, literature, theories, and social practices related to women and gender internationally. Representative courses include: Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives; Gender and Communication; International Women’s Resistance. This focus theme helps prepare students for all career fields, as critical thinking about the condition of women and the role of gender is vital across all sectors of society.

      Global Arts & Cultures
      This focus theme uses the arts to study the impact of globalization and the stakes involved in the international circulation of cultural symbols. Courses include: Cultural Diversity in the Modern World; Arts of Japan; and International Dimensions of Technology and Culture. This focus theme helps prepare students for leadership positions within organizations that use arts, culture, and creative practices to shape new global realities.

      Global Development Studies
      This focus theme engages the economic, environmental, health, and governance elements of international development. Courses include: Issues in Economic Development; Gender, Globalization and Development; and International History of Oil and Water. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international development organizations.

      Global Health Studies
      This focus theme engages the economic, environmental, and social determinants of health in a globalized world. Courses include: Global Health Practice; GIS Applications in the Health Sciences; and Health, Culture, and Society. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international health-related organizations.

      International Business, Communication, & Media
      21st century commerce occurs across national boundaries and within digitally-mediated arenas. Cross-cutting knowledge of national cultures, business customs, and media ecologies gives students a skillset for addressing organizational challenges and opportunities. Representative courses include: Global Communication; International Business; and Media and Society. This focus theme helps prepare students for careers in international business, communications management, and media industries.

      International Political Economy
      This focus theme engages the interactions between global markets and politics. Courses include: International Finance; Globalization and Local Governance; and The Geography of Tourism. This focus theme helps position students for work in international business and financial institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations.

      Peace, Human Rights, & Security
      This focus theme engages efforts to end armed conflict and build sustainable peace and human rights. Courses include: The Nature of Power; US Foreign Policy since 1911; Human Rights In Theory and Practice. This focus theme helps prepare students for work in international advocacy organizations, aid agencies, and international law.

      III. Capstone Requirement:

      Students must complete a capstone seminar in the major, INTS 4990, which is available every semester.

      General International Studies Program Requirements

      • 16 classes (48 credits) required.

      • No more than 56 credits accepted toward graduation.

      • 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.

      • All International Studies majors must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Non-native English speakers may use English for their language proficiency. Language requirements may be fulfilled 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 (but 2000-level language courses do not fulfill Zone or Focus Theme requirements). 3000- and 4000-level language courses may be counted toward the Zone, Focus Theme, or other requirements. 1000-level language courses cannot be counted toward the major but may be used to fulfill other graduation requirements.