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IS Major Requirements (39 hours total) IS Major Requirements (39 hours total)

Core Requirements (24 hours)

The core of the IS curriculum introduces students to a variety of disciplines and approaches to examining the global system. Specific requirements are:

Core Courses:

  • ECON 4350 - International Economics (prerequisite: ECON 2120 [Microeconomics])
  • POLS 1501 (Introduction to International Relations) or UNHP 1102* (Challenge of Globalization: Social Sciences)
  • POLS 4508 - Theories of International Relations
  • HIST 4260 - The World Since 1945
  • INTL 4601 - Senior Seminar
One from each of the three groups:

International Political Processes

  • ANTH 4414 - Cultural and Transnational Processes
  • POLS 3505 - International Organization
  • POLS 3509 - Contemporary Problems in International Relations
  • POLS 4317 - Transitions to Democracy
  • POLS 4504 - International Law

International Economic Processes

  • ECON 3580 - International Economic Development
  • ECON 4340 - Comparative Economic Systems
  • ESCI 3430 - Economic Geography
  • POLS 4510 - Politics of the Global Economy

International Development Processes

  • ESCI 4201 - Urbanization and the Environment
  • SOCI 2100 - Sociology of Development
  • SOCI 3940 - Social Change
  • SOCI 4641 - Sociology of the Environment

Foreign Language (6 hours)

To insure a good degree of competency in a foreign language, IS majors are also required to take two upper-level courses in a modern foreign language. A majority of IS majors graduate with at least a minor in their language of choice (which requires only one additional course beyond the requirements of the major). These courses can either be taken on-campus or completed during a study abroad.

Concentration (9 hours)

Three courses, in at least two disciplines, from either the "Global Processes" or "Area Studies" concentrations.

Students also take additional courses that deal with a broad variety of international issues, cultures, and processes. Both available concentrations, Global Processes and Area Studies, provide students with a great deal of flexibility to pursue their own areas of interest.


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