Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  3. Complete the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  4. Complete the major requirements below.

Major Requirements

Foundational Courses
ENGL A202Masterpieces of World Literature II3
HIST A101Western Civilization I3
HIST A102Western Civilization II3
INTL/GEOG A101Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography3
PS A102Introduction to Political Science3
SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
Core Courses
HIST A390Themes in World History3
PHIL A301Ethics3
PS A311Comparative Politics3
SOC A307Demography3
Mastery Courses
Complete one of the following:3
Topics in Comparative Literature
Topics in Global Geography
Ethics, Community, and Society
Sociology of Globalization
Choose an emphasis language from among the foreign languages offered at UAA and complete at least two semesters at the 200 level or higher. Students in the Regional Studies track must choose a language appropriate to one of the approved regions of study, as specified below.8
Complete either the Regional Studies or Global Social Sciences track listed below.12-15
Total Credits53-56
Regional Studies Track12-15
Europe (Languages: French, German, Russian, Spanish)
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
Selected Topics: Studies in French/Francophone Literature and Culture 1
Topics in Regional Geography 1
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
Topics in Literatures and Cultures of the German-Speaking Countries 1
Selected Topics in German Literature 1
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
History of Modern Germany
Imperial Russian History
History of the Soviet Union
Post-Soviet Culture and Society
Studies in Modern Europe
Western Religions
History of Political Philosophy II: Modern
Selected Topics in Advanced Russian 1
Selected Topics in Russian Culture 1
Studies in Contemporary Hispanic Cultures 1
Selected Topics: Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture 1
Selected Topics: Hispanic Culture and Civilization 1
Northeast Asia (Languages: Chinese, Japanese)
HIST A121East Asian Civilization I3
or HIST A122 East Asian Civilization II
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
History of Non-Western Art I
Topics in Regional Geography 1
Modern China
Modern Japan
Northeast Asia in 21st Century
Russia in East Asia
Business Japanese
Selected Topics: Studies in Japanese Culture and Society
Selected Topics: English-Language Studies in Japanese Culture and Society
Selected Topics: Studies in Japanese Literature and Culture
Eastern Philosophy and Religion
Model United Nations 1
The Global South (Languages: French, Spanish)
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
History of Non-Western Art II
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
Selected Topics: Studies in French/Francophone Literature and Culture 1
Topics in Regional Geography 1
Latin America to 1800
Modern Latin America
Early Modern Iberia
Studies in Modern American History 1
Western Religions
Model United Nations 1
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
Studies in Contemporary Hispanic Cultures 1
Selected Topics: Studies in Translation and Interpretation 1
Selected Topics: Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture 1
Selected Topics: Hispanic Culture and Civilization 1
Global Social Sciences Track12
Complete 12 credits in two subject areas from the following:
Comparative Education
Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Topics in Regional Geography
Field Studies in Geography
Comparative Justice Systems
Comparative Political Economy
International Relations
International Organizations
Model United Nations
Social Science Research Methods
Social Stratification
Sociology of Gender
1

With approved topic.

International/Intercultural Experience

International studies students are encouraged to engage in an international or intercultural experience related to their program of study and the student learning outcomes of the program. Students may earn credits applicable to the degree program through a study abroad program, short-term study abroad, or an internship or service-learning project that involves a significant international or intercultural component. Students seeking to fulfill a degree requirement with credits earned through study abroad, internship or service-learning should consult an academic advisor and submit an academic petition in advance.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division. 

Honors in International Studies

Students majoring in international studies are eligible to graduate with honors if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  2. Meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of 3.80 or above in courses applicable to the degree requirements.
  4. Complete ENGL A440,GEOG A390A, PHIL A400, or SOC A380 with a grade of A.
  5. Complete the 8-credit language requirement at the 300 level.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate cross-cultural understanding through language study.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about values, attitudes, and practices in an international context.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze international issues and challenges and apply integrative multi-disciplinary tools to describe and explain them.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication.