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Bachelor of Arts in International Law and InstitutionsStudents on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements (INTLWINBA)Department of International Studies

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.

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. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  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 cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  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 listed below.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

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  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. Introduction to Law. One (1) course from the Introduction to Law list.
      • POLS-Y 211 Introduction to Law An introduction to law an aspect of government and politics, and as a means of dealing with major social problems. Students will study legal reasoning, procedures, and materials, and may compare other nation's legal systems. The course usually includes a moot court or other forms of simulation. (3 credit hours.)
    2. International Law and Institutions. One (1) course from the International Law and Institutions list.
      • INTL-L 250 Introduction to International Law and Legal Institutions Introduces the central instruments and methodological tools of international law through study of international law cases, major treaties, and key institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. (3 credit hours.)
    3. Introductory Electives. Two (2) courses from the Introductory Electives list.
      • INTL-I 100 Introduction to International Studies This introductory, interdisciplinary course exposes students to the various academic approaches essential to international studies and to the various concentrations that comprise the major. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 101 The World in Crisis Explores historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts for contemporary world events, and introduces critical approaches to media sources. Requires analysis of current events in a variety of formats, both written and oral. Not repeatable for credit. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment Examination of pressing health and environmental challenges around the world, such as deforestation, climate change and the spread of infectious diseases. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 203 Global Development Focuses on the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; introduces theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law Focuses on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Course is interdisciplinary in theory and method. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics Examines culture and governance on an international scale, considering how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict Examines concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance Examines the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 212 Negotiating Global Challenges Examines issues in contemporary diplomacy and governance. Topics may include conflict resolution, the operation of international organizations such as the United Nations, and diplomatic relations. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  2. Core Courses. Each of the following, including at least one (1) course at the 400–499 level:
    1. Research Design. One (1) course from the Research Design list.
      • INTL-I 315 Research Design in International Studies Completion before the major's overseas/international experience is strongly recommended. This course is required for all International Studies majors.. Introduction to research design and methodology used in international studies in preparation for undertaking research abroad and completing the INTL-I 400/INTL-I 406 Capstone Seminar. (3 credit hours.)
    2. International Law Electives. Two (2) courses from the International Law Electives list.
      • INTL-L 350 Origins and Evolution of International Law Explores the history, central figures, and key arguments in the development of international law; concepts to be discussed include natural law, reason of state, positivism, embedded liberalism, crimes against humanity, and Responsibility to Protect. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-L 353 Laws and Institutions in International Investment Study of the economic, historical, cultural, and political forces that shape and influence international investments; and the roles that international laws and institutions play in cross-border business transactions. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-L 356 Intervention and Sovereignty Discussion of the origins and evolution of international laws on genocide, atrocity, and crimes against humanity; exploration of the philosophical and legal bases for international laws on conflict. (3 credit hours.)
    3. International Studies Electives. Two (2) courses from the International Studies Electives list.
      • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies This course focuses on the intensive study and analysis of selected international problems and issues within an interdisciplinary format. Topics will vary but will cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 302 Advanced Topics in Global Health and Environment Advanced topics examining pressing health and environmental challenges around the world. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 303 Advanced Topics in Global Development Advanced topics examining the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; in-depth analysis of theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 304 Advanced Topics in Human Rights and International Law Advanced topics focusing on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Topics are interdisciplinary in theory and method. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 305 Advanced Topics in Culture and Politics Advanced topics in the study of culture and governance. The focus is on relationships of power and authority, including how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 306 Advanced Topics in Peace and Conflict Advanced topics examining concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 310 Advanced Topics in Diplomacy, Security, Governance Advanced topics focusing on the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies Examines issues of international scope through service learning projects. Content varies with instructor. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 435 and INTL-X 370. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-X 390 Individual Readings in International Studies P: Major or minor in International Studies, application, and approval of department. Students conduct individual research projects on an international issue under the direction of a faculty member. Student and faculty member should develop a project and submit a "contract" to the department for approval. May repeat INTL-X 390 or take any combination of INTL-I 405, INTL-I 415, and INTL-X 390 for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 420 Global Sustainability Studies Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 421 Human Rights and the Arts Study of human rights through the arts. Exploration of artistic expressions in various sociopolitical contexts and the global trends from which they emerge. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 422 Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities Study of nationalism to explore how history, politics and culture conflict and converge in shaping multiple identities. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 423 Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses Study of emergence and use of postcolonial and postcommunist theories to analyze colonial and communist discourses as well as their political and cultural legacies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 424 War and Peace Exploration of war and peace with regard to their political, moral and legal consequences. Study of structures that adjudicate disputes and the role of international organizations in regulating war and initiating peace. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 425 Gender: International Perspectives Examination of gender issues from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 426 Advanced Topics in International Studies In-depth study and analysis of an international problem, culminating in a research project. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 427 Issues in Global Development and Political Economy Interdisciplinary study of issues of global development and political economy. Includes both analytical and methodological approaches. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 428 Social Justice and the Environment Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental justice issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 429 Global Health Politics Study of global health policies and their relationships to social movements. Focuses on the effect of global governance institutions and NGOs on global health policy and action. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
      • INTL-I 499 Seminar in Conflict Studies Study and analysis of conflicts and conflict resolution around the world through selected case studies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
    4. Free Elective. One (1) course from the Free Elective list.
      • Additional course from International Law list
      • Additional course from the International Studies 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 Terrorism is a serious challenge today and its policing demands varied responses. In this course we study how terrorists evolve and carry out their operations. The course will analyze police responses and debate the issues of legal boundaries and systems of checks and balances using case studies. (3 credit hours.)
        • EALC-E 350 Studies in East Asian Society Selected issues and problems of importance to the understanding of East Asian society. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
        • POLS-Y 364 International Organization: Political and Security Aspects International organizations as lateral extensions of the Western state system, exercising influence in accordance with a variety of strategies. Strategies employed by the United Nations in the political and security area. (3 credit hours.)
        • POLS-Y 367 International Law Sources and consequences of international law; relationship to international organizations and world order; issues of national sovereignty, human rights, conflict resolution, international property rights, world trade, environmental change, and other topics. (3 credit hours.)
        • SOC-S 326 Law and Society (with approval of the Department of International Studies) P: 3 credit hours of sociology or consent of instructor. Social origins of social bases of legal decision-making, and social consequences of the application of law. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Internship. Internship of at least six weeks (3 credit hours) focused on international law or Practicum with enrollment in the following course:
    • INTL-X 473 Internship in International Studies P: Consent of department. Provides students with an opportunity to receive academic credit for a part-time or full-time internship experience within the U.S. or overseas. Allows students to apply the knowledge gained through course work in International Studies to the work world, thereby developing additional knowledge and skills and exposing them to professional career options. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 498 and INTL-X 473. (1–3 credit hours.)
  4. Capstone. One (1) course from the Capstone list.
    • INTL-I 400 International Studies Capstone Seminar P: INTL-I 315. This required seminar is designed for senior majors who have completed all of the International Studies degree requirements to consolidate their studies. Students complete a project that addresses an issue appropriate to their concentration. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 406 Honors International Studies Capstone Seminar P: INTL-I 315, application, and consent of department. Required for departmental honors credit, this seminar is designed to consolidate the studies of honors-track seniors who have completed all International Studies degree requirements. Students must complete a project that addresses an issue appropriate to their concentration. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Foreign Language*. One (1) of the following options:
    • 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)
  6. International Experience**. Overseas study of at least six (6) weeks duration, approved in advance by International Studies.

Notes

  • * Non-native speakers of English may petition the Department of International Studies for exemption from third-year language study.
  • ** These courses do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.