J. Laurence Hare
Chair of Studies
416 Old Main
479-575-5890
http://ir.uark.edu

The International Studies Program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to the study of global interactions, and this program offers students a strong foundation for more advanced study as well as preparation for careers in an increasingly global economy and society. The degree offers a broad interdisciplinary course of study with a strong intercultural and international focus. Intensive language study and study abroad are especially encouraged.

Requirements for a Major in International Studies: In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

A minimum of 48 credit hours to include:
INST 2013Introduction to International Studies (Sp, Fa)3
HIST 1123Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) (Sp, Fa)3
PLSC 2813Introduction to International Relations (Sp, Fa)3
GEOS 2003World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103) (Sp, Fa)3
ECON 2143Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (Sp, Su, Fa)3-6
or ECON 2013
ECON 2023
Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Six credit hours of 3000-level or higher world language courses in the same language. (This requirement cannot be satisfied with 3 credits in one language and 3 credits in a second language.) Students may need to fulfill prerequisites in a world language at the 1003, 1013, 2003 or 2013 level, depending on placement level in that language.6
INST 4003International Studies Seminar (Ma I, Fa)3
Area Studies Requirement:
Select one (1) area studies focus, and complete the two required courses for that area. 6
African and African American Studies
Introduction to African and African American Studies (Sp, Fa)
One 3000- or 4000-level AAST course specific to the countries, politics, cultures, people or geography of the continent of Africa, or as approved by the director of the international relations program.
Asian Studies
One course cross-listed with AIST or as approved by adviser
Asian Studies Colloquium (Fa)
European Studies
Introduction to Europe (Fa)
European Studies Colloquium (Sp)
Latin American and Latino Studies
Latin American Studies (Fa)
Latin American Studies Colloquium (Sp)
Middle East Studies
Introduction to Middle East Studies (Fa)
Middle East Studies Colloquium (Sp)
International Studies Tracks 15-18
Select one (1) of the following tracks, and within the desired track, select five (5) courses if taking ECON 2013/ECON 2023 or six (6) courses if taking ECON 2143.
No more than three (3) courses can be from any one department.
At least three (3) courses must be at the 3000- or 4000-level, at least one (1) of which must be at the 4000-level.
One course from the selected track must be applicable to the selected area studies focus. (See the specified area studies program in the catalog for a complete list of courses which are considered applicable to the area studies focus. Other courses may be approved with consent of the International Studies program chair or designee.)
Track One: Generalist
From the following International Security courses, select one:
Military History (Irregular)
Modern Terrorism (Irregular)
Palestine and Israel in Modern Times (Irregular)
World War II (Sp)
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975 (Fa)
The Middle East since 1914 (Irregular)
The Middle East in World Affairs (Sp)
From the following International Economics courses, select one:
Economic Development, Poverty & the Role of the World Bank and IMF in Low-Income Countries (Sp, Fa)
International Trade (Sp, Fa)
International Macroeconomics and Finance (Sp, Fa)
From the following Political Science courses, select one:
Governments and Politics of East Asia (Fa)
Politics of the Middle East (Fa)
Governments and Politics of Latin America (Irregular)
International Organization (Sp)
International Law (Fa)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Creating Democracies (Even years, Fa)
Government and Politics of Russia (Even years, Sp)
Islam and Politics (Fa)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)
Foreign Policy of East Asia (Sp)
International Political Economy (Fa)
The Middle East in World Affairs (Sp)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)
From the following History courses, select one:
History of the Modern Middle East (Irregular)
Modern Latin America (Even years, Sp)
The History of Sub-Saharan Africa (Fa)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
Palestine and Israel in Modern Times (Irregular)
Modern China (Sp)
Russia Since 1861 (Sp)
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975 (Fa)
Europe in the 19th Century (Even years, Fa)
Europe in the 20th Century (Even years, Sp)
Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Irregular)
Modern Ireland, 1798-1948 (Irregular)
Great Britain, 1707-1901 (Even years, Fa)
Great Britain,1901-2001 (Odd years, Sp)
The Era of the French Revolution (Odd years, Fa)
France Since 1815 (Even years, Sp)
Germany, 1789-1918 (Odd years, Fa)
Germany, 1918-1945 (Irregular)
Independence and Africa Today (Sp)
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present (Irregular)
Modern Islamic Thought (Irregular)
The Middle East since 1914 (Irregular)
New Women in the Middle East (Irregular)
Social and Cultural History of the Modern Middle East (Irregular)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1900 (Even years, Fa)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1900-1945 (Odd years, Sp)
Diplomatic History of the US, 1945 to Present (Odd years, Fa)
History of Modern Mexico (Odd years, Sp)
Colonial India, 1758-1948 (Irregular)
Select one additional course from any of the above categories if taking ECON 2013/ECON 2023. If taking ECON 2143, select two additional courses from any of the above categories.
Track Two: International Security
History of the Modern Middle East (Irregular)
Military History (Irregular)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
Modern Terrorism (Irregular)
Palestine and Israel in Modern Times (Irregular)
World War II (Sp)
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975 (Fa)
Great Britain, 1707-1901 (Even years, Fa)
Great Britain,1901-2001 (Odd years, Sp)
Germany, 1789-1918 (Odd years, Fa)
Germany, 1918-1945 (Irregular)
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present (Irregular)
The Middle East since 1914 (Irregular)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1900 (Even years, Fa)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1900-1945 (Odd years, Sp)
Diplomatic History of the US, 1945 to Present (Odd years, Fa)
International Law (Fa)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)
International Political Economy (Fa)
The Middle East in World Affairs (Sp)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Track Three: International Economics and Development
At least two of the chosen courses in this track must be from ECON
Economic Development, Poverty & the Role of the World Bank and IMF in Low-Income Countries (Sp, Fa)
Emerging Markets (Fa)
The Japanese Economic System (Sp)
International Trade (Sp, Fa)
International Macroeconomics and Finance (Sp, Fa)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
Palestine and Israel in Modern Times (Irregular)
Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Irregular)
Great Britain, 1707-1901 (Even years, Fa)
Great Britain,1901-2001 (Odd years, Sp)
Independence and Africa Today (Sp)
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present (Irregular)
International Organization (Sp)
International Law (Fa)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Creating Democracies (Even years, Fa)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)
International Political Economy (Fa)
The Middle East in World Affairs (Sp)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)
Track Four: Food, the Environment, and Geography in International Studies
Geography of the Middle East (Fa)
Political Geography (Odd years, Fa)
Geography of Europe (Irregular)
Health and Disease: 1500 to the present (Irregular)
International Organization (Sp)
International Law (Fa)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
International Political Economy (Fa)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)
Track Five: Peoples, Cultures, and Identities in Global Context
Introduction to Latin American Studies (Irregular)
Power and Popular Protest in Latin America (Irregular)
Gender and Politics in Latin America (Irregular)
Women in Africa (Irregular)
Middle East Cultures (Sp)
Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa (Fa)
Intercultural Communication (Sp)
Survey of Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, and Postcolonial Literature (Sp, Fa)
Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Irregular)
Introduction to Europe (Fa)
Human Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 1113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Islamic Civilization (Irregular)
History of the Modern Middle East (Irregular)
Modern Latin America (Even years, Sp)
The History of Sub-Saharan Africa (Fa)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
Palestine and Israel in Modern Times (Irregular)
Modern China (Sp)
Russia Since 1861 (Sp)
Europe in the 19th Century (Even years, Fa)
Europe in the 20th Century (Even years, Sp)
Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Irregular)
Modern Ireland, 1798-1948 (Irregular)
Great Britain, 1707-1901 (Even years, Fa)
Great Britain,1901-2001 (Odd years, Sp)
The Era of the French Revolution (Odd years, Fa)
France Since 1815 (Even years, Sp)
Germany, 1789-1918 (Odd years, Fa)
Germany, 1918-1945 (Irregular)
Independence and Africa Today (Sp)
Modern Islamic Thought (Irregular)
The Middle East since 1914 (Irregular)
New Women in the Middle East (Irregular)
Social and Cultural History of the Modern Middle East (Irregular)
History of Modern Mexico (Odd years, Sp)
Colonial India, 1758-1948 (Irregular)
Introduction to Islam (Irregular)
Introduction to Middle East Studies (Fa)
Governments and Politics of East Asia (Fa)
Politics of the Middle East (Fa)
Governments and Politics of Latin America (Irregular)
Government and Politics of Russia (Even years, Sp)
Islam and Politics (Fa)
Foreign Policy of East Asia (Sp)
The Middle East in World Affairs (Sp)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)
Track Six: The United States in the World
History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (Sp, Su, Fa)
History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
World War II (Sp)
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975 (Fa)
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present (Irregular)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1900 (Even years, Fa)
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1900-1945 (Odd years, Sp)
Diplomatic History of the US, 1945 to Present (Odd years, Fa)
International Organization (Sp)
International Law (Fa)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Creating Democracies (Even years, Fa)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)
International Political Economy (Fa)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)

Study Abroad: All International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. With prior approval from the International Studies chair or designee, up to six credits of related and appropriate study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill part of the thematic track requirement. Advanced (3000-level equivalent) study abroad coursework in languages may also be used to fulfill the language requirement.

Internships: All International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to seek out an internship of international focus. With prior approval from the International Studies chair or designee, up to six credits of internship credits (INST 300V) from a related and appropriate internship can be used to fulfill part of the thematic track requirement.

Independent Study: With prior approval from the International Studies chair or designee, up to six credits of independent study (INST 406V) can be used to fulfill part of the thematic track requirement.

Writing Requirement:  Successful completion of INST 4003 or INST 4003H will satisfy the Fulbright College Writing Requirement.

International Studies B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3  
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
1013 Elementary II world language course (depending on placement in sequence)3  
INST 2013 Introduction to International Studies (Sp, Fa)
or PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations (Sp, Fa)
or HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) (Sp, Fa)
3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103) (Sp, Fa)  3
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations (Sp, Fa)
or HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) (Sp, Fa)
or INST 2013 Introduction to International Studies (Sp, Fa)
  3
2003 Intermediate I world language course (depending on placement in sequence)  3
Science university/state core lecture with corequisite lab requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (Sp, Su, Fa)1
or ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
3  
2013 Intermediate II World Language Course 3  
Introductory Area Studies Course3  
Selected Track 1st Course33  
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) (Sp, Fa)
or INST 2013 Introduction to International Studies (Sp, Fa)
or PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations (Sp, Fa)
3  
Selected Track 2nd Course3  3
Upper-level World Language Course1,2  3
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities Course  3
Select one of the following:  3
ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa) (if ECON 2013 completed in fall year 2)1
General Elective
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Upper-level World Language Course1,23  
Selected Track 3rd Course33  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts Course (as needed)3  
3000-4000 Level Electives13  
General Electives3  
Selected Track 4th Course3  3
3000-4000 Level Electives1  6
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Select one of the following:3  
INST 4003 International Studies Seminar (Ma I, Fa) (completes Senior Writing Requirement)
Area Studies Colloquium Requirement1,2
Selected Track 5th Course33  
Advanced Level Electives17  
General Electives3  
Select one of the following as needed:  3
Area Studies Colloquium Requirement1,2
INST 4003 International Studies Seminar (Ma I, Fa) (completes Senior Writing Requirement)
Selected Track 6th Course (if needed)3  3
Fulbright College 3000+ level electives, as needed, or Advanced Level Electives1  3
General Electives  3
Year Total: 16 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

3

No more than 3 Track courses can be from any one department. At least 3 track courses must be at the 3000- or 4000-level. At least one track course must be at the 4000-level. At least one track course must be applicable to the selected area studies focus.

Honors: Honors students may take up to 12 credit hours of International Studies Honors Thesis (INST 399VH). Up to six hours of these credits may be used to fulfill part of the thematic track requirement, the remainder going toward general university electives. Select Honors Colloquia may also be substituted for up to six hours of the thematic track requirement, with permission of the Director of the Program.

Courses

INST 2013. Introduction to International Studies (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A historical and contemporary overview of the relations and interactions between peoples across borders, between cultures and societies, states and non-state actors, governments and non-governmental organizations, and economies, both local and global.

INST 300V. Internship in International Studies (Su). 1-6 Hour.

Internship in international studies-related agency or organization, arranged by the student and/or faculty member, under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

INST 399VH. Honors Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

To be used for completing an International Studies Honors Thesis. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

INST 4003. International Studies Seminar (Ma I, Fa). 3 Hours.

The capstone course in international studies involves intensive study of major global trends and issues. Students choose a research project culminating in a senior thesis to meet the College writing requirement. Prerequisite: PLSC 2813 or INST 2013 or equivalent.

This course is cross-listed with INST 4003H.

INST 4003H. Honors International Studies Seminar (Ma I, Fa). 3 Hours.

The capstone course in international studies involves intensive study of major global trends and issues. Students choose a research project culminating in a senior thesis to meet the College writing requirement. Prerequisite: PLSC 2813 or INST 2013 or equivalent.

This course is cross-listed with INST 4003.

INST 406V. Independent Study in International Studies (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Independent study in international studies. Arranged in agreement and under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.