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International and Global Studies Website

The International Studies Program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program offers two concentrations, one in European and Transatlantic Affairs, and a second in Peace, Security and Human Rights.

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.

Students who major in international and global studies are encouraged to pursue a minor or second major. Recommended fields include anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, or world languages. Students may not earn both a major in International Studies and a minor in Global Studies.

B.A. in International and Global Studies with European and Transatlantic Affairs Concentration

B.A. in International and Global Studies

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the B.A. in International and Global Studies requires 120 hours of coursework, including the following courses. 

General Requirements
A minimum of 42 hours to include:
INST 2013Introduction to International and Global Studies3
INST 4003International Studies Seminar3
or INST 4003H Honors International Studies Seminar
Economics Requirement
ECON 2143Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (recommended) 13
or ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
World Culture Requirement6
Choose two of the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
Introduction to International Relations
Mathematics Requirement3
Choose one of the following:
Mathematical Thought
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Language Requirement6-18
Six credit hours of 3000-level or higher modern world language instruction in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Students completing the European and Transatlantic Affairs Studies Concentration must select a language from French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish. This requirement cannot be fulfilled with 3 credits in one language and three credits in another language. Students may need to fulfill prerequisites in a world language at the 1003, 1013, 2003, or 2013 levels, depending on placement in that language. Students may meet this requirement with the study of other languages with permission of the International and Global Studies director.

Internships: All International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to seek out an internship of international focus. Up to six hours of INST 300V Internship in International Studies may be earned and applied to the Concentration requirement.

Independent Study: With prior approval of the International Studies program director or designee, up to three credit hours of independent study ( INST 406V ) may be earned and applied to the Concentration requirement.

Capstone Experience and Fulbright College Writing Requirement:  The International Studies Seminar (INST 4003/INST 4003H) provides the capstone experience for International Studies majors.  Successful completion of INST 4003 or INST 4003H with a grade of "C" or better satisfies the Fulbright College Writing Requirement for International Studies majors.

Additional Requirements for the European and Transatlantic Affairs Concentration: Students must complete 18 credit hours from the following:

INST 3303European Integration and Globalization3
Global Topics
Choose one course from the following:3
Modern Terrorism
Environmental History
Approaching Global History
Third World Underdevelopment and Modernization
Universal Human Rights: History and Practice since 1945
International Food Security and Food Sovereignty
International Organization
International Law
International Negotiation and Mediation
European and Transatlantic Affairs Topics12
Chose four courses. With the exception of INST courses, no more than two courses may come from the same discipline.
Nation Model United Nations
International Trade
Geography of Europe
British History, 1688-Present
Twentieth Century Britain through Film
World War II
Russia to 1861
Russia Since 1861
World War I
Europe in the 19th Century
Europe in the 20th Century
Special Topics in European History
Society and Gender in Modern Europe
Intellectual History of Europe Since the Enlightenment
Great Britain, 1707-1901
Great Britain,1901-2001
History of the Holocaust
The Era of the French Revolution
France Since 1815
The Atlantic World, 1400-1850
Germany, 1789-1918
Germany, 1918-1945
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present
Modern Scandinavia
Germany since 1945
Internship in International Studies
Honors Thesis
Independent Study in International Studies
Modern Philosophy-17th and 18th Centuries
Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy
Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
Western European Politics
Government and Politics of Russia

International and Global Studies B.A. with European and Transatlantic Affairs Concentration
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
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3  
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3  
1003 Elementary I world language (depending on placement in sequence)3  
World Culture Requirement3  
Choose one of the following:
ANTH 1023 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
INST 2013 Introduction to International and Global Studies  3
World Culture Requirement (choose one not taken yet)  3
ANTH 1023 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
or GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
or HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
or PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations
1013 Elementary II world language (depending on placement in sequence)  3
Mathematics Requirement (choose one)  3
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Year Total: 16 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
General Elective3  
2003 Intermediate I world language (depending on placement in sequence)3  
University Core Social Science course or General Elective3  
University Core Fine Arts course3  
University Core Science Lecture with Corequisite Lab4  
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice  3
2013 Intermediate II world language (depending on placement in sequence)  3
University Core Science Lecture with Corequisite Lab  4
General Electives  6
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
3000-plus level world language3  
INST 3303 European Integration and Globalization3  
European and Transatlantic Affairs Elective3  
General Electives6  
3000-plus level world language  3
European and Transatlantic Affairs Elective  3
Global Topics Elective  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
INST 4003 International Studies Seminar (completes Fulbright College Writing Requirement)3  
European and Transatlantic Affairs Elective3  
3000-plus General Electives, as needed9  
European and Transatlantic Affairs Elective  3
3000-plus General Electives, as needed  9
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

B.A. in International and Global Studies with Peace, Security and Human Rights Concentration

B.A. in International and Global Studies

In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the B.A. in International and Global Studies requires 120 hours of coursework, including the following courses. 

General Requirements
A minimum of 42 hours to include:
INST 2013Introduction to International and Global Studies3
INST 4003International Studies Seminar3
or INST 4003H Honors International Studies Seminar
Economics Requirement
ECON 2143Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (recommended) 13
or ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103)
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203)
World Culture Requirement6
Choose two of the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
Introduction to International Relations
Mathematics Requirement3
Choose one of the following:
Mathematical Thought
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Language Requirement6-18
Six credit hours of 3000-level or higher modern world language instruction in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Students completing the European and Transatlantic Affairs Studies Concentration must select a language from French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish. This requirement cannot be fulfilled with 3 credits in one language and three credits in another language. Students may need to fulfill prerequisites in a world language at the 1003, 1013, 2003, or 2013 levels, depending on placement in that language. Students may meet this requirement with the study of other languages with permission of the International and Global Studies director.

Internships: All International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to seek out an internship of international focus. Up to six hours of INST 300V Internship in International Studies may be earned and applied to the Concentration requirement.

Independent Study: With prior approval of the International Studies program director or designee, up to three credit hours of independent study ( INST 406V ) may be earned and applied to the Concentration requirement.

Capstone Experience and Fulbright College Writing Requirement:  The International Studies Seminar (INST 4003/INST 4003H) provides the capstone experience for International Studies majors.  Successful completion of INST 4003 or INST 4003H with a grade of "C" or better satisfies the Fulbright College Writing Requirement for International Studies majors.

Additional Requirements for the Peace, Security and Human Rights Concentration: Students complete 18 credit hours in the Peace, Security, and Human Rights Concentration.

General Requirement
INST 3603Universal Human Rights: History and Practice since 19453
Area Studies3
Choose one course at the 3000 level or higher chosen from the approved catalog listings in African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East Studies, or the European and Transatlantic Concentration in International Studies.
Topics Courses
Choose four courses from among the following. With the exception of INST courses, no more than two courses may come from the same discipline.12
Economic Development, Poverty & the Role of the World Bank and IMF in Low-Income Countries
Emerging Markets
Nation Model United Nations
International Trade
Islamic Civilization
Military History
Modern Imperialism
Modern Terrorism
World War II
World War I
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975
The 1960s: A World Transformed
History of the Holocaust
Comparative Slavery
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present
Wars of Religion: From the Crusades to 9/11
Modern Islamic Thought
Environmental History
Approaching Global History
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1900
Diplomatic History of the United States, 1900-1945
Diplomatic History of the US, 1945 to Present
Religions of Asia
Internship in International Studies
Honors Thesis
Independent Study in International Studies
International Food Security and Food Sovereignty
Contemporary Jewish Thought
International Organization
International Law
Theories of International Relations
American Foreign Policy
Creating Democracies
Foreign Policy Analysis
International Political Economy
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility
Inter-American Politics
International Negotiation and Mediation

B.A. in International and Global Studies with Peace, Security and Human Rights Concentration

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
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3  
PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)3  
1003 Elementary I world language (depending on placement in sequence)3  
World Culture Topics Elective, choose one of the following:3  
ANTH 1023 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
INST 2013 Introduction to International and Global Studies  3
World Culture Requirement (choose one not taken yet)  3
ANTH 1023 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013)
GEOS 2003 World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103)
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)
PLSC 2813 Introduction to International Relations
1013 Elementary II world language (depending on placement in sequence)  3
Mathematics (choose one from the following)  3
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103)
Year Total: 16 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
General Elective3  
2003 Intermediate I world language (depending on placement in sequence)3  
University Core Social Science course3  
University Core Fine Arts course3  
University Core Science Lecture with Corequisite Lab4  
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice  3
2013 Intermediate II world language (depending on placement in sequence)  3
University Core Science Lecture with Corequisite Lab  4
General Electives  6
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
3000-plus level world language3  
INST 3603 Universal Human Rights: History and Practice since 19453  
Peace, Security, and Human Rights Elective3  
General Electives6  
3000-plus level world language  3
Peace, Security and Human Rights Topics Elective  3
Area Studies Elective  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
INST 4003 International Studies Seminar (completes Fulbright College Writing Requirement)3  
Peace, Security and Human Rights Elective3  
3000-plus level General Electives9  
Peace, Security and Human Rights Elective  3
3000-plus General Electives, as needed  9
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for a minor in Global Studies: The minor in Global Studies requires 15 hours of coursework including the following:

Global Issues (6 hours)
INST 2013Introduction to International and Global Studies3
Choose one Global Issues elective from the following:3
Modern Terrorism
Environmental History
Approaching Global History
Third World Underdevelopment and Modernization
Universal Human Rights: History and Practice since 1945
International Studies Seminar
International Food Security and Food Sovereignty
International Organization
International Law
International Negotiation and Mediation
Intercultural Requirement (9 hours)
Choose from one of two options.
Option 1
Two courses of language instruction in the same world language at the 3000 level or higher.6
3 hours from one of the following:3
One 3-hour Area Studies Elective listed in the undergraduate catalog as an approved elective for one of the following: African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies Latino and Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, or the European and Transatlantic Concentration in International Studies.
One 3-hour course in an approved international experience, such as a study abroad program, international internship, or international research experience. The three credit hours may not be applied to other requirements of the minor.
Option 2
Any combination of the following:9
3-hour course of language instruction in any world language at the 2003 level or higher.
Up to three Area Studies Electives listed in the undergraduate catalog as approved electives for one of the following: African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, or the European and Transatlantic Concentration in International Studies. At least one course must be at the 3000-4000 level.
3 hours in an approved international experience, such as a study abroad program, international internship, or international research experience. The three credit hours may not be applied to other requirements of the minor.
Total Hours15

Honors Requirements

Admission to the Fulbright Honors Program is open to majors in the international and global studies program who have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all of their coursework.  College and Departmental Honors candidates must complete a minimum of 12 hours in honors courses, including at least 3 but no more than 6 hours of  INST 399VH.  Hours earned in INST 399VH may be applied to the Global Studies Requirement for the international studies major.

To complete the required thesis, honors candidates should choose a faculty thesis director as early as possible but no later than the first semester of the student's junior year. Honors candidates must meet the college's requirements for an honors degree.  Students graduating with honors typically graduate with the distinction cum laude.  Higher distinctions (magna cum laudesumma cum laude) are awarded by the Honors Council in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Courses

INST 2013. Introduction to International and Global Studies. 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. Focus on differing disciplinary approaches to international and global studies, the transformations caused by the process of globalization, and a survey of current global issues and problems.

INST 300V. Internship in International Studies. 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 3303. European Integration and Globalization. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of the cultural, economic, and political processes of modern European integration in the context of a changing relationship between Europe and the wider world during the 20th and 21st centuries.

INST 3603. Universal Human Rights: History and Practice since 1945. 3 Hours.

Study of the development and growth of the universal human rights movement since the end of the Second World War. Emphasis on using human rights as a lens to understand and assess global affairs in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

INST 399VH. Honors Thesis. 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. 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. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

INST 4003H. Honors International Studies Seminar. 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 equivalent to INST 4003.

INST 406V. Independent Study in International Studies. 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.

INST 4103. Geography of Political Violence. 3 Hours.

This seminar focuses on the rise of civil conflict in the post-World War II world. We are particularly interested in understanding the institutional challenges facing countries that experience such conflict. The class will develop a contextually-informed understanding of the international system and how it is shaped by civil war. Pre- or Corequisite: INST 2013. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

INST 4103H. Honors Geography of Political Violence. 3 Hours.

This seminar focuses on the rise of civil conflict in the post-World War II world. We are particularly interested in understanding the institutional challenges facing countries that experience such conflict. The class will develop a contextually-informed understanding of the international system and how it is shaped by civil war. Pre- or Corequisite: INST 2013. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and honors standing.

INST 4653. International Food Security and Food Sovereignty. 3 Hours.

Explores the concepts of food security and food sovereignty and the ways in which humans have addressed issues related to hunger. Focus on the contemporary international cultural, social, and political discussion of future problems and solutions.

INST 4693. Approaching Global History. 3 Hours.

Explores theoretical perspectives on global history through a treatment of the historiographical development of the field, readings of landmark texts, and selected case studies of global themes.

INST 4893. International Negotiation and Mediation. 3 Hours.

This course examines international negotiations and mediation. International negotiation refers to the processes and methods by which state and non-state actors reach agreements through persuasion and similar non-violent means. This course analyzes the processes, methods, and mechanisms, and challenges of international negotiations and the growing use of mediation.