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B.A. Program in International Studies, 57 Credits


In the CCSU International and Area Studies program, students acquire a comprehensive general knowledge as well as gain a strong background in International and Area Studies focusing on the language and culture of particular world areas. Specializations are available in African Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Slavic and East European Studies, Middle East Studies, and European Union and West European Studies. The curriculum also requires attaining intermediate-mid proficiency in a foreign language associated with the chosen area of specialization.

Ideally, International and Area Studies majors will spend one academic year abroad. CCSU provides significant opportunities for overseas study through its linkage agreements with universities around the world. However, students are also allowed to select programs at other universities that better meet their curricular objectives. Faculty will assist students unable to complete a study abroad experience to develop a local multicultural experience related to the students’ academic track or regional specialization.



Program Requirements



Core Curriculum (15 credits) 
IS 225The World as a Total System3
IS 475Senior Project3
one research course of: 
ANTH 374Anthropology Field Methods3
HIST 301Research Methods3
and two of:  
GEOG 120World Regional Geography3
HIST 122World Civilization II3
PS 104The World's Political Systems3


Regional Specialization (15 Credits)

This includes courses about history, language and literature, and social and behavioral sciences focused on particular world regions, as approved in consultation with their faculty advisor. Students will select a region coinciding with existing CCSU Area Studies programs. A student may select a specialization from another world region if desired and courses are available.

Directed Electives (9 Credits)

Courses in either the Regional Specialization or a related area, those designated International, or those labeled International Studies, as approved by the faculty advisor.

Modern Language (18 credits)

Courses or demonstrated competency in a single modern language related to the regional specialization in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding equal to completion of the 226 level.  Students who complete the modern language component with fewer than 18 credits must take additional courses, in either the regional specialization and/or directed electives, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. Also, students with proficiency must take additional courses in the specific area of study in order to fulfill this credit requirement.

Structured International or Multi-cultural Experience

At least one semester of faculty supervised, in-depth exposure to another way of life is required. Ideally, students will spend one academic year abroad. As an alternative, International and Ara Studies faculty will assist students to develop a local multi-cultural experience related to the student’s academic track or regional specialization.


Note: A minor is not required for this major.



African Studies

Asian Studies

European Union/West European Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern Studies

Slavic/East European Studies


Undergraduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 

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