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International Studies

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International Studies

Students graduating with a degree in international studies will be able to recognize and appreciate the historical, political, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of international processes and issues, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective.

Core Courses - Students take 9 hours of core coursework. INST 2350 (Intro to Global Studies) and INST 2310 (Introduction to International Relations) provide the theoretical framework for the global and regional tracks. INST 4950 (Capstone) provides the culminating experience for students completing the B.A. degree in international studies and fulfills the COM3 writing requirement for the University Studies Program.

Area of Focus - Students will complete a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in two specific areas of focus, choosing a global and regional track. Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours in each track.

Global Tracks - Governance and Conflict Resolution; Economic Systems; Culture and Social Issues; Sustainable Development and the Environment

Regional Tracks - Africa and the Middle East; Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe and the Former Soviet Union; Latin America

Global and regional tracks have suggested Gateway courses. Most Gateway courses fulfill University Studies requirements. All INST students are required to take the Regional Gateway course in their chosen region, either: INST 2230 (Introduction to Asian Studies), INST 2240 (Introduction to African Studies), INST 2250 (Introduction to Latin American Studies), or INST 2280 (Introduction to European Studies). These courses fulfill the COM2 requirement for International Studies and counts towards the 9 hours required for the Regional Track.

Foreign Language - Students must complete 18 hours in a single foreign language with one course at the 3000/4000-level, or show an equivalent level of proficiency. Language courses must be conversational language courses. American Sign Language is not considered a foreign language.

Electives - Students must take 9 hours of elective courses from the international studies curriculum, 6 of which must be upper division. The following Gateway courses can count for the elective requirement: ANTH 1200, ECON 1000, INST 1060 or GEOG 1000, INST/POLS 1200, INST 1330.

All required courses for the major must be passed with a grade of C or better. There are numerous special topics courses offered during the academic year and these courses can fulfill the international studies requirements with approval from your adviser. Students are encouraged to satisfy the USP QB (quantitative reasoning) requirement by taking STAT 2070, Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences..

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree in any major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum GRE score of 150 in Verbal and 141 in Quantitative. The GRE may be waived if the applicant already possesses a graduate degree. In addition, the LSAT or GMAT may be used in lieu of the GRE, and scores for alternative tests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Foreign students, who are non-native English speakers, must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to International Business
  • World Regional Geography
  • Non-Western Political Cultures
  • Introduction to Comparative Government
  • World History since 1500
  • Study Abroad Preparation
  • Introduction to Asian Studies
  • Introduction to African Studies
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Foreign Locale
  • Introduction to European Studies
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Topics in International Studies
  • Social Change
  • Economic Geography
  • Chinese Society
  • Comparative Political Cultures
  • Politics and Society of Turkey
  • The Anthropology of Global Issues
  • Technology Bytes
  • World Food, Ag, & Development
  • African Philosophy
  • Development, Africa, and Culture
  • NGOs, Development, and Culture
  • Global Public Health
  • Sociology of International Development
  • Gender, Women, and Health
  • China and Globalization
  • Global Sex Work and Trafficking
  • East Asia Society and Economy
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Democratization and Regime Change
  • Inter-American Relations
  • History, Politics and Memory of the Holocaust in Europe
  • American Foreign Relations
  • International Organizations
  • Culture Change
  • International Peace and Conflict
  • Global Political Economy
  • Transitional Justice
  • International History of Human Rights
  • Drug War Geopolitics in the Americas
  • Energy Security
  • Politics of Natural Resources in Latin America
  • U.S. Latino Diaspora
  • International Marketing
  • Global Cities
  • Gender, Global Change, and Development
  • 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Women, Gender & Migration
  • Global Terrorism
  • Why Economies Succeed and Fail
  • International Social Welfare and Social Development
  • Capstone in International Studies
  • Internship in International Studies
  • Readings in International Studies
  • Graduate Proseminar in International Studies
  • Seminar in Human Security
  • Graduate Seminar in Development
  • Seminar in Human Rights
  • International Social Science Research Methods
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Thesis Research
  • Internship
  • Graduate Readings in International Studies


All students who graduate with a Master's degree in international studies will be able to:

  • Engage in independent empirical inquiry that makes an original contribution to the field of study;
  • Think critically and reason logically about a problem and the ways it can be answered;
  • Employ the best recognized methods appropriate to their research;
  • Effectively develop alternative explanations, use theories and concepts to guide the research project, and conduct the work in such a way that disproof is possible; and
  • Present their work intelligently, with both written and oral capability at a level of professional expectations.

They will have a broad understanding of:

  • International affairs;
  • The diversity of national cultures and social structures;
  • Political and economic systems;
  • Major global trends and problems.

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