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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

International Studies Major

1. General International Studies Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to develop a broad knowledge of international affairs suitable to a wide variety of careers in government, teaching, tourism and service professionals.

    • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
    • Required Courses (6 crs.): 59-205, 59-402 or 59-403
  • Specialization (15 crs.):
    • A 15 credit specialization in a single discipline, a single geographical region or a single topic of international relevance. The specialization can be chosen from the lists below, or developed with the assistance of the International Studies Program Coordinator.

      Area Studies (courses chosen from Course List 3):

      • African Studies

      • Asian Studies

      • European Studies

      • Latin American Studies

      OR 

    • Specialization in a particular discipline - Disciplinary Emphasis (courses chosen from Course List 2):

      • Anthropology

      • Art

      • Economics

      • English

      • French

      • German

      • Spanish

      • Geography

      • History

      • Political Science

      • Religious Studies

OR 

    • A Self-Designed Emphasis - developed in consultation with the International Studies Program.
      • Elective Courses (15 crs.):

An additional 15 units (crs.) selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.
Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified from Course List 2 in their 36 unit (cr.) major. 

maximum of nine units (crs.) of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

Comments:
Students may find it advantageous to develop overlapping specializations by combining their chosen emphasis within the International Studies major with a minor in one of the Area Studies or in a participating discipline. Please see your International Studies advisor for more information.

2. International Business Emphasis 

Recommended for students who wish to combine study in Business Administration with an International Studies major, as preparation for business careers with firms engaged in international and global activities, including multinational corporations.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

  • Required Courses (6 crs.): 59-205, 59-402 or 59-403

  • Specialization (15 crs.):

A 15 credit specialization in International Business, to consist of:

    • International Studies - 308/309 Revolution and Development

    • Marketing 375 - Global Marketing

    • Economics 420 - International Finance and Trade

    • International Studies 341 - Multinational Corporations

    • Political Science 322 - International Political Economy  

  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):

    • An additional 15 units (crs.) selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.

    • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified in Course List 2 in their 36 unit (cr.) major.

    • A maximum of nine units (crs.) of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

    • In addition to the 36 units (crs.) included in their International Studies major, students enrolled in the International Business Emphasis are required to take at least 12 units (crs.) of Business (including Marketing 375).

Comments:

Students enrolled in the International Business Emphasis are strongly advised to complete a minor in Business in the College of Business  (COB).

    • Prerequisites: Many of these courses have prerequisites. Students are responsible for checking the course descriptions for prerequisites. Students are strongly advised to consult regularly with their International Studies advisor to plan the completion of the necessary prerequisites in advance.

    • Students studying French and Spanish to meet the International Studies foreign language requirement should consider taking Business French (French 308) or Business Spanish (Spanish 308) as an elective within their Foreign Language major. 

3. International Development Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to development issues, as a preparation for careers with businesses, government agencies, AID contractors, Non-Governmental Organizations and relief organizations involved in developing countries.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  • Required Courses (6 crs.): 59-205, 59-402 or 59-403
  • Specialization (15 crs.): 

    A 15 credit specialization in International Development, to consist of:

    • Political Science 326 - Politics of Development
    • International Studies 341 - Multinational Corporations
    • Political Science 323 - Comparative Constitutional Law
    • Economics 319 - Economics of Least Developed Countries
    • International Studies 308/309 - Revolution and Development
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):

    • An additional 15 units (crs.) selected from both Course Lists 1 and 2.

    • Students must include one course from at least four disciplines specified from Course List 2 in their 36 unit (cr.) major.

    • A maximum of nine units (crs.) of introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major.

  • Comments:

    Prerequisites: Some of the courses above have prerequisites. Students are responsible for checking the course descriptions for prerequisites. Students are strongly advised to consult regularly with their International Studies advisor to plan the completion of the necessary prerequisites in advance.

4. Global and National Security Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to pursue careers as analysts or managers in national and homeland security in their respective countries, either with government agencies or in the private security sector.

  • Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the core courses for the International Studies Major:
    • International Studies 315 - Perspectives on the Nuclear Age
    • International Studies 302 - United States National Security Policy
    • Political Science 376 - International Conflict
    • Religious Studies 380 - Terrorism and Religious Violence and EITHER:
    • History 395 - United States Military History OR: 
    • Military Science 304 - Military History of World War II
  • Elective Courses (15 crs.):
    • An additional 15 units (crs.) to be selected from Course Lists 1 and 2 only:
    • Students must include at least one course from each of any of the four disciplines specified in Course List 2 in their 36 unit (cr.) major.
    • A maximum of nine units (crs.) in introductory level courses (100 or 200 level) from participating disciplines may be counted toward the major. 

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