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International studies majors take 12 courses: an introductory course, principles of macroeconomics; one course in each of the following six areas: economics/international business, history, modern languages, political science, social sciences, and humanities; two related electives; and a capstone course. The language courses must be at the 200 level or above, and the history and political science courses must be at the 300 level or above. As part of the liberal learning requirements, it is recommended that students take microeconomics and statistics. These requirements differ slightly for the concentration in international economics and trade, which mandates three courses in economics/international business and one related elective.

Each student will select one major concentration from among nine. Concentrations are offered in six geographic areas: Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, China, and Africa and three functional subjects: diplomacy, international economics and trade, and global health, development, and environment.  Course requirements differ by concentration; please see the program planner for requirements. The related electives and the study abroad experience should be relevant to the concentration chosen.

Study abroad is an important component of the major. Students are required to demonstrate at least one semester of successful academic achievement in a foreign university relevant to their field of studies, although a year’s study is encouraged. Please consult your International Studies advisor and the Center for Global Engagement for the most suitable site and program.

Elective courses in the major must have an international focus, complement the student’s interest within the major and receive prior approval by an International Studies advisor.  Students are also encouraged to pursue an internship with an international focus.