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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, BA or BS

Requirements for the Major


Fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements.  Note that with the three-year language requirement in the major, most students will complete a BA degree.


Maintain a 2.5 GPA in all courses taken for the major. Note: All coursework in the major is to be taken for a letter grade (not P/NP).


Complete the required core courses in the international studies major, satisfy the language requirement, and complete the upper division requirements in both World Studies and Regional and Country Studies.


Required core courses 36
Language 0-36
World Studies courses 12
Regional and Country Studies courses 12
Total 60* (plus language credits)

*Notes: A total of 32 credits of Social Science and Humanities Explorations requirements and Strand I and J Integration requirements is normally met within the major.


(0–36 credits)

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language equivalent to at least three years of instruction at the college level. For students whose first language is English, competency is demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. Three years of on-campus foreign language study in a single language.
  2. Two years of on-campus foreign language study, plus a year of immersion in a related foreign culture in a study abroad program.
  3. One year of on-campus language study, plus a one-year study abroad program with an intensive language component in the chosen language.
  4. Successful completion for third year equivalency of an examination administered by the SOU foreign languages and literatures program.

Entering majors whose native language is English must meet with a foreign language and literatures advisor to plan their foreign language curriculum. For students whose primary language is not English, demonstrated competency in English fulfills the language requirement. Required language credits vary depending on language proficiency at time of admission to the major.

Upper Division Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 upper division credits in World Studies and 12 upper division credits in Regional and Country Studies. With the exception of IS courses, no more than 8 credits total may be applied to these two upper division requirements for the IS major from any one disciplinary prefix. Students should work with their advisers to decide how to concentrate their courses.

Note: Many upper division courses have disciplinary prerequisites. Students must carefully plan ahead to ensure that they are able to meet these prerequisites. Lower division prerequisites may include:

World Studies (12 credits)

World Studies courses explore international political and economic relations or intercultural relations among peoples.

Regional and Country Studies (12 credits)

Regional and Country Studies courses explore the internal workings of specific places.


(These courses are offered regularly at least once every two years.)