International Studies (B.A.)

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the general requirements for the B.A. degree, and:

IS 310The United Nations3
IS 410NGOs in the International System3
IS 495International Studies Senior Seminar3
STAT 251Statistical Methods3
Select one of the following groups of courses:4-6
Principles of Macroeconomics
and Principles of Microeconomics
Foundations of Economic Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Geopolitics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Politics
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Peoples of the World
Global Literatures in English (Max 6 credits)
International Environmental Issues Seminar
World Regional Geography
International Studies Freshman Seminar
Global Media
Food, Culture, and Society
Select at least 12 credits from one of the following issue emphases: 112
Select at least 12 credits from one of the following regional emphases: 212
Africa
Asia
Europe
Latin America and the Carribean
North America
Modern Foreign Language Proficiency 30-22
Select 12 credits of International Experience12
Total Hours61-85

International Experience

In addition, international experience in the student's region of emphasis is required for all students in this major. The experience must extend consecutively for at least 8 weeks, be qualified for at least 12 credits, and include an academic project or assignment and immersion in the culture of the country. All costs associated with the international experience are the responsibility of the student.
The requirement of international experience will normally be fulfilled by completing a registered credit program such as study abroad, student exchange, student teaching, internship, or a Faculty-Staff Led International Trip for 8 weeks minimum. In general, credits are registered on the UI campus; course work and field experience are taken abroad.
In some cases, permission may be granted to complete noncredit work experience that places the student abroad for a contracted length of time. Normally this work assignment will be completed during the degree program. In some instances, prior work experience may be accepted based on the following criteria: verification, length, nature, recentness, and relevancy of experience.

Issue Emphases in International Studies

Recommended courses for completion of requirement (special topic courses may be used when approved by the director).

A. International Relations

GEOG 365Political Geography3
HIST 430U.S. Diplomatic History3
IS 320Model United Nations2
IS 321UN and Related Agencies1
IS 350Sports and International Affairs3
POLS 338American Foreign Policy3
POLS 440International Organizations & International Law3
POLS 449World Politics and War3
POLS 487Political Violence and Revolution3
SOC 335Terrorism, Society and Justice3

B. International Economics and Business

AGEC 481Agricultural Markets in a Global Economy3
FIN 381International Finance3
MKTG 482International Marketing3
ECON 446International Economics3
ECON 447International Development Economics3
GEOG 345Global Economic Geography3
IS 323International Monetary and Trade Organizations3

C. Global Resources and Development

AGEC 481Agricultural Markets in a Global Economy3
ANTH 462Human Issues in International Development3
FCS 411Global Nutrition3
FS 436Principles of Sustainability3
GEOG 313Global Climate Change3
GEOG 350Geography of Development3-4
GEOG 360Population Dynamics and Distribution3-4
GEOG 409Rural Development3
IS 322International Environmental Organizations3
NRS 493International Land Preservation and Conservation Systems3
POLS 480Politics of Development3
SOC 340Social Change & Globalization3

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree

Other courses with an international component may be used as electives with permission of the program director.