Majors, Minors & Requirements



Requirements for a Major in International Studies

A total of sixty (60) credits as follows:

1. Required courses: International Studies 100, 190, 200, 300, 485.

2. Economics 100.

3. Political Science 151 or 214.

4. Twenty-four (24) additional credits in International Studies with at least 8 credits from each area (A and B).

5. Completion of courses in a modern foreign language through the second full year at the college level (through the 202-level). Any 4-credit foreign language course above the 202-level and taught in the foreign language could also be used to satisfy the language requirement. Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, or Latin will not satisfy this requirement.

6. One International Studies-related course from outside the department chosen by the student and with the approval of the I.S. department adviser and the I.S. Department Chair.

Requirements for a Minor in International Studies

A total of twenty-four (24) credits as follows:

1. International Studies 100, 190, 200.

2. Two-course sequence numbered 200 or above in either area A or B.

3. One additional course at 200-level or above (I.S. 300 is recommended.)

Areas of Concentration:

Area A: Functional Specializations - includes courses numbered at the 300-level or 400-level (excluding IS 300, IS 485, and IS 495-6)

Area B: Area Specializations - includes region-specific courses numbered at the 200-level (excluding IS 200 and IS 235)

Other Courses (these can be either A or B area courses):

133: Model United Nations

235: Great Decisions in U.S. Foreign Policy

265-266: Selected Topics in International Studies

270: Research Methods

450: Washington Semester

460: Internship in International Studies

470: Summer Internship Abroad (Mertie W. Buckman International Internship Program)

Honors in International Studies

Required: Completing Honors in the Department of International Studies is comprised of two semesters (Fall and Spring). Students must enroll in International Studies 485 in the Fall semester of the year in which the student intends to complete the Honors Project and gain departmental approval of a research proposal. Students will select a first and second reader for the Honors Project and a third member will be selected by the department. Students should consult with an International Studies faculty member about their intentions to pursue an honors project prior to the beginning of the fall semester and obtain a copy of the “Honors in International Studies Guidelines.” A minimum GPA of 3.70 in all course work and approval of the department are required.


Interdisciplinary programs exist to provide an appropriate structure within which to offer study opportunities that do not fit within the bounds of existing departments, to bring together faculty and students from several disciplines to study areas of interest that cross traditional departmental lines and require an interdisciplinary approach, and to inform the campus community at large of the nature and importance of these areas.


Students interested in interdisciplinary study are encouraged to consider interdisciplinary majors. The following interdisciplinary majors have been approved by the Faculty, and the required courses have been defined as listed below. Students who wish to declare any of these established interdisciplinary majors may do so by filing the normal Declaration of Major form with the Office of the Registrar. Any deviation from the program of study outlined in the description must be approved by the chairpersons of the departments involved.


A total of 15-16 courses (60-64 credits) as follows:

  1. Economics 100, 201, 202, 290, 307, 312, 485
  2. Economics 407 or 420.
  3. International Studies 100, 190, 200, 300, plus one two-course sequence (other than 210-312).
  4. Mathematics 115 or 121.
  5. An appropriate foreign language through completion of the second year (202).


A total of 12-13 courses (48-52 credits) as follows:

  1. History 200, and two additional courses from the following: 215, 216, 217, 224, 225, 231, 232, 233, 242, 255, 256, 261, 262, 267, 281, 282, 288, 294.
  2. International Studies 100, 200, 300
  3. Economics 100
  4. A total of four additional courses, two in each department. At least one history course must be at the 400 level.
    a. Europe: History: 426, 428; I.S. 281, 282, 283
    b. Asia & Africa: History 389, 482, 488; I.S. 243-244 or 245-246 or 261-262 or 263-264
    c. the Americas: History 342, 343, 358, 363, 432, 436, 439; I.S. 273-274
  5. I.S. 485. Senior paper to be written under the direction of one faculty member from each department.
  6. An appropriate foreign language through completion of the second year (202).


A total of 12 courses (48 credits) as follows:

  1. International Studies: Two of the following: 100, 190, 200; both of the following: 300 and one two-course sequence.
  2. Political Science: 151, 340, 360; one of the following: 212, 214, 218, 314; and one additional course
  3. Economics 100
  4. International Studies 485 or Political Science 485
  5. An appropriate foreign language through the completion of the second year (202).