The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program combines the study of international relations, global and development issues and contemporary belief systems with a concentration on a major world area. In addition, the degree aims to equip students with the skills in language, analytical thinking, research, and economic literacy. Students receive direct exposure to an international environment by participating in a foreign study program or an internationally related internship in this country. Because it is interdisciplinary, this program emphasizes the ways in which the expertise and methodologies of various disciplines contribute to the understanding and resolution of international issues.
All International Studies majors are required to develop a program of study in consultation with the program advisor. Majors should choose their foreign language, foreign study or internship experience, and senior seminar research project to reflect this emphasis.
A minimum of 45 units in a program approved by the International Studies advisor.
Requirements not included in major
Economic Literacy (units not included in total for major; may be fulfilled as part of General Education): ECON 100 and 101. Or, with prior permission of the International Studies Advisor, ECON 300 may be substituted for ECON 100 and 101.
Foreign Language: Three years of college level study or equivalent proficiency in a language appropriate to the program of study and geographic area concentration selected.
Lower Division (12 units):
Upper Division (minimum of 33 units):
Basics of International Relations:
Contemporary Belief Systems:
Internship or Foreign Study:
Senior Research Seminar:
Approved by the International Studies Program director.
This minor consists of a minimum of 21 units at least 15 units must be upper division, with at least two years of college level of study (or equivalent proficiency) in a language (other than English) relevant to the student’s program of study.
Three units selected from the courses grouped under Cross Cultural Communications or from the courses grouped under Contemporary Belief Systems as those groups are defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.
Either six units selected from the courses grouped under Development Studies or six units selected from the courses grouped under Basics of International Relations as those groups are defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.
Six units selected from one of the geographic Area Concentrations defined for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.