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Requirements to Complete the International Studies Major

The International Studies major is composed of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

Required Courses - 6 credits

    • 59-205 Contemporary International Issues (taken usually during freshman or sophomore years)
    • 59-402 Senior Seminar in International Studies (taken at the last Spring semester before graduation)


Individual Specialization (Emphasis) - 15 credits upper level credits (5 courses) within your chosen emphasis:


Elective courses - As many upper-level courses as needed to complete 36 credit requirement for the major

    • Chosen from any upper-level courses in List 2


Other Requirements:

  • Introductory Courses - A Maximum of 9 credits of introductory courses can be counted towards the major. Introductory courses can be chosen from 100-200 level courses in List 2. These courses can be used to complete prerequisites for Upper Division Courses the student may need to take later.


  • Disciplinary Distribution - International Studies Majors are required to take upper level courses from at least four different participating disciplines (in List 2) within their major. This distribution assures the interdisciplinary nature of your major. These courses may be part of your Emphasis or your elective courses.


  • Foreign Language - All International Studies Majors are required to complete at least two years of university level study or its equivalent in one foreign language. This requires 14 credits. Students arriving at UW Oshkosh with previous language study may test into the appropriate language level, or even test out of the two-year language requirement, pending approval from the Foreign Languages Department.


International Studies Emphases:

Students majoring in International Studies can choose from several emphases, depending on their college and career goals. An emphasis is the direction in which you wish to focus the concentration of classes. Students design their degree by tailoring their particular specialization with classes that suit future career goals.


To complete any particular emphasis, the student must complete 15 credit units (5 courses) within their emphasis choice, to be chosen from Course List 2 (Disciplines) or List 3 (Regional Studies). Currently, students may choose from the following emphases:


  • Disciplinary Emphases (Courses to be chosen from List 2)
    • Int. Studies - Anthropology 
    • Int. Studies - Art
    • Int. Studies - Economics
    • Int. Studies - English
    • Int. Studies - Foreign Language
    • Int. Studies - Geography
    • Int. Studies - History
    • Int. Studies - Political Science
    • Int. Studies - Religious Studies


  • Regional Studies (Courses to be chosen from List 3)
    • African Studies
    • Asian Studies
    • Latin American Studies
    • European Studies


  • Specialized Field
    • International Business
    • International Development
    • Global and National Security


  • Individually Designed Major
    • Requires Coordinator's approval


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