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Department of International Studies

Bachelor of Arts in International Law and Institutions

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

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in International Law and Institutions study a variety of topics, including the efforts to regulate the conduct of war, develop human rights doctrines, respond to migration, define and protect the global commons, and regulate international investments, trade, and development. An in-depth understanding of international law and institutions will help students appreciate the dynamic nature of international relationships, which are adjusting as notions of state sovereignty evolve and as non-state actors play significant roles. Students will develop practical and intellectual skills to prepare them for careers in international fields. In particular, they will sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills in relation to the study of international law; they will also develop the cultural and regional expertise that is the hallmark of graduates from the Department of International Studies.

Requirements

The major requires at least 36 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. Introduction to Law. One (1) course:
      • POLS-Y 211 Introduction to Law
      • HON-H 237 Law and Society (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    2. International Law and Institutions. One (1) course:
      • INTL-L 250 Introduction to International Law and Legal Institutions
    3. Introductory Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • INTL-I 100 Introduction to International Studies
      • 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
  2. Core Courses.
    1. Research Design. One (1) course:
      • INTL-I 315 Research Design in International Studies
    2. Origins and Evolution of International Law. One (1) course:
      • INTL-L 350 Origins and Evolution of International Law
    3. International Law Electives. One (1) course:
      • 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-L 445 Human Rights Law and International Organizations
    4. International Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional course from the International Law Electives list.
      • 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-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-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies
      • INTL-X 390 Individual Readings in International Studies
    5. Free Elective. One (1) course:
      • Additional course from the International Electives list
      • Course from the Maurer School of Law (with approval of the Department of International Studies)
      • One (1) of the following:
        • CJUS-P 407 Terrorism
        • EALC-E 350 Studies in East Asian Society (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • POLS-Y 364 International Organization: Political and Security Aspects
        • POLS-Y 367 International Law
        • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (with approval of the Department of International Studies prior to enrollment)
    6. 400–499 Level Course. One (1) course (may be fulfilled by a course that also fulfills another Core Courses requirement):
      • 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
  3. International Law Internship or Practicum. Three (3) credit hours (experience must last at least six weeks):
    • SGIS-X 373 Internship in Global and 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. Electives. Additional INTL courses, as needed, to complete all major requirements.
  6. 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 study of at least six (6) weeks duration, approved in advance by International Studies.
  7. 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 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.

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.