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International Studies Major

A Degree with Global Reach

Michael Raska, an MSSU International Studies graduate, is now a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He focuses on East Asian security issues and is a frequent visitor at the United Nations. The photo at right features Michael at the United Nations. Select the image to see a larger version.

Michael Raska

International Studies Course Listing   Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 46-47 43-44
Foreign Language
(4 courses in one foreign language are required for the BA degree.)
  12
International Studies Requirements:   57
INTS 201 Introduction to International Studies
GEOG 211 Regions and Nation
MUS 106 World Music
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3
3
 
Select one:
HIST 140 Western Civilization since 1660
HIST 150 Asian Civilizations
HIST 160 History of Latin America

3
3
3
 
Select one:
ENG 261 World Literature I
ENG 262 World Literature II

3
3
 
Upper-Division Requirements
INTS 301 World Humanities
INTS 302 People and the Environment:
A Global Perspective
INTS 303 Contemporary World Civilizations
INTS 304 Comparative Political Economy
INTS 306 Introduction to Global Health
PSC 321 International Relations
INTS 401 Research Seminar in International Studies
INTS 402 Senior Thesis in International Studies

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Emphasis Areas (select one)
World Literature
Select three courses:
ENG 333 Literary Paris
ENG 361 Studies in World Literature*
ENG 371 Studies in British Literature**.
ENG 450 Shakespeare**
Any 300- or 400-level literature course in a foreign language
*May be retaken as different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
**Only one course may be selected from these two



3
3
3
3
9
Communication and Commerce
Select three courses*:
COMM 305 Intercultural Communication
COMM 405 Advanced Intercultural Communication
COMM 411 Political and Social Communication
COMM 462 Communication in Japanese Culture
IB 210 Global Business Literacy
IB 310 International Business
*Students must select at least one course from COMM and one from IB


3
3
3
3
3
3
 
International Politics and Policies
Select three courses:
PSC 22 International Law
PSC 0 Comparative Politics: Developed Countries
PSC 2 Comparative Politics: Developing Countries
PSC/INTS  What in the World is Going On Now?
Selected International Issues
GEOG 11 Geopolitics
HIST 14* East Asian Civilizations II
HIST 42* Latin America Revolution
HIST 475* Modern Latin America
*Only one course may be selected from this group


3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
 
Latin America
Select three courses:
HIST 160 History of Latin America
HIST 42 Latin American Revolution
HIST 474 Colonial Latin America
HIST 475 Modern Latin America
SPAN 200 Introduction to Mexican Culture and Civilization
SPAN 07 Introduction to Latin American Civilization
SPAN 08 Latin American Civilization: Mexico
SPAN 09 Contemporary Mexican Culture & Civilization
SPAN 6 Survey of Spanish American Literature
SPAN 40 Latin American Cinema
SPAN 4 Hispanic Children’s Literature
SPAN 50 Latin American Contemporary Issues


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3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 
Asia
Select three courses:
HIST 150 Asian Civilizations  
HIST 1 East Asian Civilizations I  
HIST 14 East Asian Civilizations II
HIST 16 South Asian Civilizations
CHI 07 Introduction to Contemporary China
CHI 10 Chinese Culture and Civilization
JPN 07 Introduction to Contemporary Japan
JPN 10 Japanese Culture and Civilization


3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 
Sustainability
Select three courses:
GEOL 120 Introduction to Geology
OR
GEOL 201/202 Physical Geography/Map and Photo Interpretation
ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
PSC 42 Public Policy
PSC 421 Public Administration.
BIO 312 Environmental Biology



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3/1
3
3
3
4
 
European
Select three courses:
ENG  Literary Paris
ENG 61 Studies in World Literature* **
ENG 71 Studies in British Literature*
ENG 450 Shakespeare
HIST 140 Western Civilization since 1660
HIST 70 Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 71 The Holocaust
HIST 80 British History since 1660
HIST 88 History of Russia since 1796
HIST 90 History of Germany
HIST 440 European Intellectual History
PSC 330 Comparative Politics: Developed Countries
TH 332 History of the Theatre II
Any 300- or 400-level literature or culture course in
French, German and Russian
SPAN 306 Introduction to Spanish Civilization
SPAN 326 Peninsular Literature from El Cid to the Present
*May be retaken as different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours
**This course may be selected only if the primary topic is European literature


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Supporting Requirements:
Foreign Language
(6 additional hours in the foreign language used to satisfy the BA requirement)

6
 
Participation in a study abroad experience with the approval of the Director
of the Institute of International Studies. Students may participate in a
university-sponsored program (minimum of 3 credit hours), an ISEP or
bilateral exchange semester or year abroad. Students with special circumstances
may petition to have an alternate immersion experience approved
for this requirement
3  
Electives    11-12
Total   124**
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