International Studies



International studies is a multidisciplinary major designed to meet the needs of students seeking the broadly based international perspective required for successful careers in education, government, international business, law, national and homeland security, humanitarian relief, and NGOs, among others. The curriculum includes a core of required courses, a concentration, a foreign language requirement, an international and/or cross-cultural experiential component, and a senior capstone seminar. The experiential component may be satisfied through study abroad, internship, language immersion, service, or work experience. The Center for International Programs and the Center for Social Concern can assist students in identifying many of these opportunities.

A minor in international studies consists of 21 semester hours.

International Studies Committee

Christopher Agnew, Director
Bilocerkowycz (Political Science), Dasgupta (Anthropology), Hudson (Political Science), Krugh (Languages), MacLachlan (Music), Roy (History)

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies (INS) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.


Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.


Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.


Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)3
Major Requirements: Foundation Requirements 148
Includes CAP Components
ECO 204Principles of Macroeconomics3
INS 499Senior Capstone Seminar (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Select one course from:3
History of US Foreign Relations Since 1750
United States National Security Policy
Select one course from:3
Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to Musics of the World
Marxist Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Faith & Justice
Women & the Global Church
Select one course from:3
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Select one course from:3
Culture & Power
Principles of Microeconomics
Nationalism & Ethnopolitics
Gender & International Relations
Sociology of Globalization
Select three area studies courses from three different disciplines:9
Cultures of Latin America
Cultures of Africa
Making of Modern South Asia
Chinese Civilization and Culture
Postwar Europe 1945-1990
The British Empire
Russia, The Soviet Union & Beyond 1860-Present
National Cultures of the Soviet Union & its Successor States
Americans and the Middle East
History of East Asia to 1800
India: Traditions and Encounters
History of Modern East Asia
Making of the Modern Middle East
History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Making of Modern South Asia
History of Africa - 19th Century to the Present
Gandhi's India
History of Women in European Societies
History of Women & Gender in the Middle East
Modern Latin America
History of Mexico
History of the Caribbean
China in Revolution
Asian Philosophy
African Philosophy
Islamic Philosophy & Culture
Latin American Philosophy
Comparative Politics: Western Europe
Comparative Politics: Russia & the New States
Comparative Politics: Latin America
United States - Latin American Relations
Eastern Orthodoxy
Liberation Theologies
The Holocaust: Theological & Religious Responses
Latin American Art
Arts of Asia
Foreign language appropriate to concentration 26
Select one concentration from: 3

Concentration: Global Health and Environment15
Select two courses from:6
Topics in Medical Anthropology
Economics of the Environment
Literature and the Environment
Health Literacy and Social Justice
Environmental History of the Americas
Medical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy & Ecology
Environmental Policy
Ecology & Religion
Social Work & Environmental Justice
Select three courses from:9
Cities & Energy
Special Topics in Social Science
Sustainability & the Biosphere
Global Environmental Biology
Biology of Infectious Disease
Energy Resources
Health Communication
Writing in the Health Professions
Environmental Geology
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Envrionmental Remote Sensing
Introduction to Sustainability, Energy & the Environment
Global Change & Earth Systems

Concentration: Global Migration and Economic Development15
Select two courses from:6
Introduction to Accounting
Publication Design
Report & Proposal Writing
Leadership in Nongovernmental Organizations
Nonprofit & Community Leadership 5
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit & Community Organizations 5
Select three courses from:9
Immigration & Immigrants
Economic Development & Growth
International Economics
Immigration History
Politics of Human Rights
Politics of Human Rights II
Social Philosophy
Philosophy & Human Rights
Faith of Immigrants
Racial & Ethnic Relations
Social Inequality
Sociology of Human Rights
Food Justice
International Social Work

Concentration: International Business15
INB 302Survey of International Business3
MGT 403Cross-Cultural Management3
Select three courses from:9
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Economic Development & Growth
International Economics
International Business Finance
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Doing Business in Latin America
Doing Business in Asia
Doing Business in Europe
Doing Business in Africa
Export Management
Global Marketing
Business Ethics

Concentration: International Education15
EDT 437Second Language Learning and Teaching3
ENG 466TESOL Methods for Teaching English Language Learners3
ENG 472The Structure of English3
ENG/LNG 468Introduction to Linguistics3
Select one course from:3
Language & Culture
Intercultural Communication
International Social Work

Concentration: International Journalism and New Media15
Select five courses from:15
Feature Writing
Publication Design
Fundamentals of Broadcasting
Multimedia Design & Production I
History and Analysis of Propaganda
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Public Affairs Reporting
Media Law
Global Communication

Concentration: Peace and Global Security15
Select three courses form:9
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
International Economics
United Nations System: Theory and Practice
International Law & Organization
American Foreign Policy
Political Violence
Select one course from:3
European Military History
Technology & the Culture of War
American Military History
Select one course from:3
Ethics of War
Philosophy of Peace
Philosophy & Human Rights
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124

Courses taken for the major may also count toward completion of the Common Academic Program and the Liberal Studies Curriculum.


Must be at 300 level or above and exclusive of literature, film, or culture courses. There are currently no 300 level courses offered in Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. In these cases, students are required to complete the highest level course offered. Latin is not eligible for the INS language requirement. Completion satisfies the L2 requirement.


Students pursuing any concentration must take into account prerequisites or class standing restrictions.


This course counts for biology majors, but is accessible to non-majors as well.


With permission of the director of the Nonprofit & Community Leadership Certificate Program.


With permission of the INS director.

 Minor in International Studies (INS)

International Studies
ECO 204Principles of Macroeconomics3
POL 214Introduction to International Politics3
Select one LNG course (202 level or above)3
Select four INS courses (300/400 level) 112
Total Hours21

1Must be from at least three different disciplines, taken from International Studies core curriculum or concentrations.
First Year
ASI 1501ENG 100 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
HST 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3PHL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3
REL 103 (CAP Humanities Commons)3CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
POL 202 or 2143Language 1414
MTH 114 or 207 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3SCI 190
190L (CAP Natural Science)
Language 1014 
 17 17
Second Year
ECO 2043ANT 306, POL 331, POL 340, or SOC 4353
ENG 200 (CAP Writing Seminar)3ENG 345, MUS 303, PHL 358, PHL 370, REL 363, or REL 4743
SSC 200 (CAP Social Science)3CAP Faith Traditions3
Language 2013Language 2023
SCI 210
210L (CAP Natural Science)
4SCI 230 (INSS Natural Science)3
 16 15
Third Year
HST 375 (CAP Advanced Historical Studies)3Literature3
Area Study3Area Study3
Concentration course3Area Study3
CAP Arts / Creative and Performing3CAP Inquiry3
Language 3113Language 300 or 400 level, Literature3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Concentration course3INS 499 (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Concentration course3Concentration course3
CAP Practical Ethical Action3Concentration course3
CAP Integrative3CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3
CAP Advanced Philosophy/Religious Studies3CAP Diversity and Social Justice3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 125


INS 336. United Nations System: Theory and Practice. 3 Hours

Introduction to the United Nations system with detailed case studies of specific countries, issues, and policies. Course also serves to prepare students for participation in the National Model United Nations Conference. Prerequisite(s): SSC 200.

INS 390. Model United Nations. 1 Hour

Examination of the work and procedures of the United Nations and its constituent bodies, study of various international issues and policies of member states, as well as of parliamentary diplomatic practices such as caucusing, resolution writing, and speech making in preparation for participation in Model United Nations simulations. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

INS 395. International Experience. 1 Hour

Orientation for and evaluation of study abroad, internship, immersion, work, or service experience in a foreign country, organization involved in international activities, or a cross-cultural setting in the United States. Grading Option Two only.

INS 399. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours

Independent reading and research on an interdisciplinary topic in international studies chosen by the student in consultation with one or more faculty members. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Permission of program director.

INS 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

INS 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

INS 495. International Studies Internship. 1-6 Hours

Practical, supervised experience with an approved organization dealing with international affairs. Repeatable up to six hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of program director.

INS 499. Senior Capstone Seminar. 3 Hours

Capstone seminar for International Studies seniors in which students integrate the academic and experiential components of their multidisciplinary degree program in a capstone research project. Prerequisite(s): Senior status; international experience completed; permission of program director.