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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (INTLBA1)Department of International Studies

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

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.

Major 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:
    2. Core Courses. Two (2) courses:
    3. Introductory Elective. One (1) additional course:
  2. Research Design. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Electives.
    1. 400–499 Level Course. One (1) course:
    2. Advanced Electives. Three (3) additional courses:
      • Additional course from the 400–499 Level Course list above
  4. Capstone. One (1) course:
  5. Career Preparation. One (1) course:
  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)
    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. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    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.

Notes

  • * Courses used to fulfill additional requirements do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.
  • ** Non-native speakers of English may petition the Department of International Studies for exemption from third-year language study.
  • *** The final course of the four or six-semester foreign language sequence must be completed with a passing grade. All other grades in the sequence must be either passing or meet the prerequisite for the subsequent course.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also successfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.