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Department of International Studies

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements INTLBA1

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies provides an intellectual foundation that enables students to communicate, collaborate, and work across national, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic boundaries. By incorporating extensive foreign language study and mandating an overseas experience, the major fosters competencies that students need in order to function successfully in a global environment. Flexible major requirements encourage depth and breadth of thematic and regional knowledge.

Students explore the major by taking two introductory courses chosen from the following thematic areas: Global Health and Environment; Global Development; Human Rights and International Law; Culture and Politics; Peace and Conflict; and Diplomacy, Security, Governance. They can then bring focus to their major studies by completing advanced electives related to the thematic area(s) that most closely aligns with their own interests. Students are also required to complete a minor.

Requirements

The major requires at least 32 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introduction to International Studies.
    1. Introductory Requirement. One (1) course:
      • INTL-I 100 Introduction to International Studies
    2. Core Courses. Two (2) courses:
      • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment
      • INTL-I 203 Global Development
      • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law
      • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics
      • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict
      • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance
    3. Introductory Elective. One (1) additional course:
      • INTL-I 101 The World in Crisis
      • INTL-I 102 Climate Change and International Studies
      • INTL-I 103 Global Business: Politics, Policy, and Practice
      • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment
      • INTL-I 203 Global Development
      • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law
      • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics
      • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict
      • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance
      • INTL-I 212 Negotiating Global Challenges
      • INTL-I 220 Global Connections
      • INTL-I 222 Global Health Connections
  2. Research Design. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 315 Research Design in International Studies
  3. Advanced Electives.
    1. 400–499 Level Course. One (1) course:
      • INTL-I 420 Global Sustainability Studies
      • INTL-I 421 Human Rights and the Arts
      • INTL-I 422 Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities
      • INTL-I 423 Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses
      • INTL-I 424 War and Peace
      • INTL-I 425 Gender: International Perspectives
      • INTL-I 426 Advanced Topics in International Studies
      • INTL-I 427 Issues in Global Development and Political Economy
      • INTL-I 428 Social Justice and the Environment
      • INTL-I 429 Global Health Politics
      • INTL-I 431 Statistics for International Studies
      • INTL-I 432 Models of Social and Political Processes
      • INTL-I 433 Violence Against Civilians in War
      • INTL-I 434 International Climate Governance
      • INTL-I 499 Seminar in Conflict Studies
      • INTL-L 445 Human Rights Law and International Organizations
    2. Advanced Electives. Three (3) additional courses:
      • Additional course from the 400-499 Level Course list above
      • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies
      • INTL-I 302 Advanced Topics in Global Health and Environment
      • INTL-I 303 Advanced Topics in Global Development
      • INTL-I 304 Advanced Topics in Human Rights and International Law
      • INTL-I 305 Advanced Topics in Culture and Politics
      • INTL-I 306 Advanced Topics in Peace and Conflict
      • INTL-I 310 Advanced Topics in Diplomacy, Security, Governance
      • INTL-I 340 Ethics and Decision-Making in International Politics
      • INTL-I 341 Challenges of Modern Conflict
      • INTL-I 343 Global Migration and Race
      • INTL-L 351 Law and Authoritarianism
      • INTL-L 352 Law and Global Development
      • INTL-L 353 Laws and Institutions in International Investment
      • INTL-L 354 Immigration Law, International Policy, and Migration
      • INTL-L 355 Gender and International Human Rights
      • INTL-L 356 Intervention and Sovereignty
      • INTL-L 357 The International Criminal Court
      • INTL-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies
  4. Advanced Writing. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 400 International Studies Capstone Seminar
    • INTL-I 406 Honors International Studies Capstone Seminar
    • INTL-I 408 Advanced Writing in International Studies
  5. Career Preparation. One (1) course:
    • ASCS-Q 296 College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience
  6. Electives. Additional INTL courses, as needed to complete all major requirements.
  7. Additional Requirements*.
    1. Foreign Language**. One (1) of the following***:
      • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the third year of college-level coursework (6 semesters)
      • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework and another foreign language through the second semester of the first year (4 + 2 semesters)
      • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework (4 semesters) and the first semester of a second foreign language and the first semester of a third foreign language (4 + 1 + 1 semesters)
      • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the third year of college-level coursework and the first semester of a second foreign language (5 + 1 semesters)
    2. International Experience. Overseas experience (study or internship) of at least 6 weeks duration, approved in advance by the Department of International Studies.
    3. Minor. Complete a minor related to international studies approved in advance by the Department of International Studies.
  8. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the INTL subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

The above courses cannot be applied toward the College Breadth requirement in the major.

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in International Studies (INTLBS1)
  • Integrated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in International Studies (INTSBAMABA)
  • Minor in International Studies (INTLMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.