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:
International Studies Requirement
INST 2013Introduction to International Studies (Sp)3
INST 4003International Studies Seminar (Fa)3
Economics Requirement3
Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (Sp, Su, Fa) (Recommended)
Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Note: Students are encouraged to take ECON 2143 which will satisfy the prerequisite for most upper-level ECON courses. Students who select either ECON 2013 or ECON 2023 to meet the Economics Requirement for the major will have to complete both ECON 2013 and ECON 2023 if they wish to take upper-level ECON courses.
World Culture Requirement6
Choose two courses from the following:
World Regional Geography (ACTS Equivalency = GEOG 2103) (Sp, Fa)
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to International Relations (Sp, Fa)
with no more than one course from:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACTS Equivalency = ANTH 2013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Communication in a Diverse World (Sp, Fa)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mathematics Requirement3
Select one course from the following:
Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Language Requirement6
Six credit hours of 3000-level or higher modern world language courses in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. (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 levels, depending on placement level in that language. Students may meet this requirement with the study of other languages with permission of the International Studies director.
Area Studies Requirement9
Students must complete nine hours of courses within a single area studies focus chosen from the list below. Selected courses may not count for both the Area Studies Requirement and the Language Requirement or for both the Area Studies Requirement and the Global Studies Requirement.
African and African American Studies
Introduction to African and African American Studies (Sp, Fa)
Any one course numbered 3000 or higher specific to the countries, politics, cultures, people or geography of continental Africa listed under Requirement 2 or Requirement 3 of the African and African-American Studies secondary major.
Any one course numbered 4000 or higher specific to the countries, politics, cultures, people or geography of continental Africa listed under Requirement 2 or Requirement 3 of the African and African-American Studies secondary major.
Asian Studies
Asian Studies Colloquium (Fa)
Any two courses listed in the course catalog as approved Asian Studies electives. At least one course must be numbered 3000 or higher.
European Studies
Introduction to Europe (Fa)
European Studies Colloquium (Sp)
Any one course numbered 3000 or higher listed as an approved European Studies elective.
Latin American and Latino Studies
Latin American Studies Colloquium (Sp)
Any two courses listed in the course catalog as approved Latin American and Latino Studies electives. At least one course must be numbered 3000 or higher.
Middle East Studies
Introduction to Middle East Studies (Fa)
Middle East Studies Colloquium (Sp)
Any one course numbered 3000 or higher listed in the course catalog as an approved Middle East Studies elective.
Global Studies Requirement15
Students must complete fifteen credit hours of electives drawn from any combination of the groups below. Selected courses may not count for both the Global Studies Requirement and the Area Studies Requirement. With the exception of INST courses, no more than two courses selected for the Global Studies Requirement may come from the same department.
Group 1: International Diplomacy, Governance, and Security
Nation Model United Nations (Fa) 1
Political Geography (Odd years, Fa)
Military History (Irregular)
Modern Imperialism (Odd years, Fa)
Modern Terrorism (Irregular)
World War II (Sp)
World War I (Even years, Fa)
The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1975 (Fa)
Transatlantic Relations, 1919-Present (Irregular)
Wars of Religion: From the Crusades to 9/11 (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)
Theories of International Relations (Sp)
American Foreign Policy (Fa)
Creating Democracies (Even years, Fa)
Foreign Policy Analysis (Irregular)
Inter-American Politics (Irregular)
Group 2: International Economics and Trade
Emerging Markets (Fa) 1
International Trade (Sp, Fa) 1
International Macroeconomics and Finance (Sp, Fa) 1
International Finance (Sp, Su, Fa)
Third World Underdevelopment and Modernization (Irregular)
International Management (Sp, Fa)
Global Marketing (Sp, Fa)
International Political Economy (Fa)
International Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (Sp)
Group 3: World Cultures and Geographies
Any modern world language course beyond the language chosen for the international studies Language Requirement above at the Intermediate II 2013 level.
Culture and Medicine (Irregular)
Popular Culture (Irregular)
Intercultural Communication (Sp)
Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Culture (Irregular)
Urban Geography (Sp)
Environmental Sociology (Sp)
Islamic Civilization (Irregular)
The 1960s: A World Transformed (Odd years, Sp)
The Atlantic World, 1400-1850 (Irregular)
Comparative Slavery (Irregular)
Modern Islamic Thought (Irregular)
Islam in Asia (Irregular)
Environmental History (Irregular)
Contemporary Jewish Thought (Odd years, Sp)
Contemporary Jewish Thought (Irregular)
Religion and Society (Irregular)
Urban Sociology (Irregular)
Group 4: Applied Global Topics
Internship in International Studies (Su)
Honors Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa)
International Studies Seminar (Fa)
Independent Study in International Studies (Irregular)
1

Students planning to take upper-level ECON courses are advised to complete ECON 2143 to satisfy the major's Economics Requirement.  ECON 2143 is a prerequisite for upper-level ECON courses.  Students who opt to take ECON 2013 or ECON 2023 to fulfill the Economics Requirement must complete both ECON 2013 and ECON 2023 in order to satisfy the prerequisite for entry into upper-level ECON courses.


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

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 Global Studies 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.

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
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives (Sp, Su, Fa)1  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)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  
World Culture Requirement--13  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
INST 2013 Introduction to International Studies (Sp)  3
World Culture Requirement--2  3
2003 Intermediate I world language course (depending on placement in sequence)  3
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
or MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
or MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)
or MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)
or STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
General Elective3  
2013 Intermediate II World Language Course 3  
University/State Social Science Core (if PLSC 2813 taken for World Culture Requirement), else General Elective3  
University/State Core Science Lecutre with Corequisite Lab Requirement4  
University/State Core Fine Arts 3  
ECON 2143 Basic Economics: Theory and Practice (Sp, Su, Fa) (Majors are advised to take ECON 2143, because it satisfies the prerequisite for entry into upper-level ECON courses. Students who opt for ECON 2013 or ECON 2023 must complete both ECON 2013 and ECON 2023 to satisfy the prerequisite for entry into upper-level ECON courses.)
or ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
or ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (ACTS Equivalency = ECON 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  3
Upper-level World Language Course1,2  3
Area Studies Elective, 3000+ level1,2  3
University/State Core Science Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement  4
General Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Upper-level World Language Course1,23  
Global Studies Electives, 3000-4000 Level1,26  
Area Studies Elective, 3000-4000 Level Electives1,23  
General Electives3  
Global Studies Elective, 3000+ level1,2  6
Area Studies Elective, 3000+ level (as needed)1,2  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
INST 4003 International Studies Seminar (Fa) (completes Senior Writing Requirement)1,2 3  
Global Studies Elective, 3000+ (as needed)1,23  
Upper-Level Electives (as needed)1,29  
Upper Level Electives, 3000+ (as needed)1,2  12
Year Total: 15 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.

Honors: Admission to the Fulbright Honors Program is open to international studies majors with 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 Studies (Sp). 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 (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. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is cross-listed with INST 4003H.

INST 4003H. Honors International Studies Seminar (Su, 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.