This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
International Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to build student expertise in particular world regions and/or about diverse international issues including globalization, diversity, migration, international law, conflict resolution, economic development, environmental policy, and the roles of gender, race, language, and class in international contexts.
The International Studies BA program is oriented to produce individuals competent to understand the interrelated nature of global phenomena and confident in their membership in a community of global citizens. At the same time, each undergraduate specializes in a particular world area or a global theme. Students enrolled in the International Studies BA program will:
1. describe histories, institutions, values, and norms of various cultures;
2. analyze issues from the perspectives of other cultural traditions;
3. apply theories in international studies to interpret current global issues;
4. defend views on international cultures or issues with clear and well-reasoned arguments.
A BA degree in International Studies prepares students for a range of career opportunities in education, government, in non-profit foundations and NGOs, in for-profit entities, and in a wide range of other institutions and enterprises offering services transnationally or otherwise working in global environments.
Major Requirements (39 credits):
1. Core Curriculum (18 credits)
and 6 credits from:
Research Methods Course
and at least 3 credits
from community engagement (IS 300), an experience abroad (IS 360, IS 490, or other) or an internship (IS 450).
Students are required to take either IS 498 Research in International Studies or IS 499 International Studies Senior Project.
2. Geographical Areas and Themes in Global Studies (21 Credits)
Students will select 21 credits from one of the programs below, in order to follow one of the following tracks: African Studies (2a), or Global Studies (2a), European Studies (2a), Latin American Studies (2a), Middle Eastern Studies (2a), or Global Studies (2b).
2a. Geographical Area Studies:
Students will take 15 credits in one regional specialization and 6 credits in one global theme, or as approved by the advisor. 9 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level. Not more than 9 credits may come from the same discipline (designator). Courses listed below are for advisory purposes only. Additional courses may be identified with the approval of the advisor.
2b. Global Studies:
Students will take 15 credits in a particular global theme, and 6 credits in one geographical area, or as approved by the advisor. 9 credits must be at the 300- or 400-level. Not more than 9 credits may come from the same discipline (designator). Courses listed below are for advisory purposes only. Additional courses may be identified with the approval of the advisor.
Communication and Diversity in the Global Context
Energy, Resources, and Environment
Governance, Security, and Human Rights
Population, Mobility, and Development
The International Studies BA program requires that all students have a level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of a single world language relevant to the Concentration, equal to the completion of the 126-level (226-level for French, Italian, or Spanish). Fulfillment of this requirement will be determined by a CCSU instructor of the language, the Chair of the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department, or a CCSU faculty member designated by the Director of International Studies.
A minor is required of this major. International Studies majors are encouraged to minor in a world language relevant to their Concentration, however, any minor may be selected. Double majors are exempt from a minor.
Total Credit Hours: 57