2020-2021 Catalog 
    Nov 23, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

International Studies Major

Students collaborate closely with their academic advisers to select the functional and area tracks to correspond to their own academic and career interests.

Students are strongly encouraged to complement their major with a study abroad experience in countries where they can apply and expand their foreign language competency and enrich their study of international issues.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be able to analyze complex international issues using the theories and methodologies of multiple disciplines
  • Gain the conceptual and analytical tools to synthesize information from the domains of politics, economics, history, culture, and the environment to elucidate global interactions and international relations in the contemporary world
  • Be able to assess contemporary global issues through a research practice that establishes causality and promotes deeper understanding through clear research questions, reviews of academic literature, and delineation of effective methods of inquiry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major issues and problems facing one region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) and be able to relate this knowledge to the broader global context
  • Gain the knowledge, skills, and service ethic to enable them to function successfully and ethically in the workplace after graduation

Required Core Courses (12 Units)

International Studies majors all take three foundational courses. Majors choose one of the five functional concentrations (each with its own requirements) and one of the five regional focus areas (each with its own requirements). Students cannot double-count any course for both a functional concentration and a regional focus. All majors finish with a capstone course.

Functional Concentration (20 Units)

Choose one of the five Functional Concentration. Note that each has its own requirements.

Regional Focus (12 Units)

Choose one of the five Regional Focus areas. Note that each has its own requirements.

Middle East Region Focus

Capstone (4 Units)

All majors must complete: