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International Studies (BA) - International Relations Concentration

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area. 

Requirements For A Major In International Studies

Students majoring in International Studies should complete the 15 hours of core courses, one of five tracks of study, and a pre-professional program. The pre-professional program takes the place of a traditional minor. IS majors must also take AN 100, GEO 114 and HY 102 as part of their general education requirements since these courses are prerequisites for upper division courses in the major.

Requirements Course Title Credit Hours
Core Courses (Required of all majors)    15
IS 100 Global Issues  
PSC 250 Comparative Politics  
PSC 270 International Relations  
GEO 312 World Economic Geography   
IS 495 Senior Seminar* (W)  
   
International Relations   24
Six hours of a foreign language at the 200 level* (LG 211 and LG 212, LG 231 and LG 232, LG 251 and LG 252, LG 271 and LG 272, LGS 206 and LGS 207, LGS 221 and LGS 222, LGS 241 and LGS 242, or LGS 201 and LGS 202)
PSC 251 World Leaders
PSC 372 American Foreign Policy
IS 492 Seminar
9 hours of electives from among the following: ECO 330, ECO 363 (if not taken as part of a pre-professional program), ECO 371; HY 303, HY 305, HY 405; PSC 313, PSC 365 (W), PSC 470, PSC 484; IS 473, IS 475, IS 492 (when content varies), IS 496; or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on International Relations.
*Students selecting the pre-professional program in Language should take an additional six hours of electives.
General Education Requirements for International Studies Majors:
Areas I, II, and III of the General Education Requirements for International Studies are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Intermediate level language courses required for the major also help fulfill general requirements under Area II. International Studies majors must take AN 100, GEO 114 and HY 102 as partial fulfillment of Area IV General Education requirements.

Pre-professional Program

Students should complete one of the following programs to help prepare them for a career in international business or international affairs. The pre-professional course of study takes the place of a traditional minor. Students taking a double major are not required to take the pre-professional program.

International Business (21 hrs)

The International Business option provides students with a basic foundation in business and best equips the student to enter the field of international business or related areas upon graduation.

  • ECO 330 Global Economic Issues OR ECO 363 International Economics
  • MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
  • MKT 374 Consumer Behavior
  • MKT 380 Integrated Market
  • 9 hrs electives from the following: FIN 332; MGT 334; MGT 465; MKT 336; MKT 384; MKT 390; MKT 310, MKT 477; MKT 492; IS 496; IS 475
Language Specialization (21 hrs)

The Language Concentration option allows students to acquire a professional level of fluency in a foreign language as a complement to their international studies training. The requirements are 21 hours of study in a selected foreign language. Students wishing to concentrate in language should consider the FL/IS double major described below. Note: This option may not be available for all languages.

Personalized Pre-professional Program (21 hrs)

The Personalized Pre-professional Program is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate study and need a special program tailored to the needs of their expected graduate area. A pre-professional program consisting of a minimum of 21 semester hours including at least one upper-level seminar, directed studies, or internship. Proposals for a personalized program, drawn up by the student in consultation with his or her advisor, must be submitted for approval to the Program Director and the Dean of Arts and Sciences before the first semester of the student's junior year.

International Studies Staff    
(251) 460-6746
Director Dr. Christine Rinne (Europe)
Faculty Affiliates

Ms. Kristy Britt, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Isabel Z. Brown,  Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Claire Cage, History (Europe)
Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury, Innovation in Learning Center Physics (Asia)
Dr. Nader Entessar, Political Science (International Relations, Middle East)
Dr. Laureen Fregeau, Education (Latin America)
Dr. Nicholas Gossett, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (International Relations, Europe)
Dr. Elwood Hannum, History (Europe)
Dr. Delwar Hossain, Communication (Asia)
Dr. Robert Houston, History (International Relations)
Dr. Zohair Husain, Political Science (Asia, International Relations, Middle East))
Dr. Zoya Khan, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Mara Kozelsky, History (Asia, Europe)
Dr. Christina Lindeman, Visual Arts (Europe)
Dr. Eric Loomis, Philosophy (Asia)
Dr. Mihaela Marin, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Susan McCready, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. David Meola, History (Europe)
Dr. Harrison Miller, History (Asia)
Dr. Hosik Min, Sociology (Asia)
Dr. Mark Moberg, Anthropology (Latin America)
Dr. Frances Mujica, Geography (Latin America)
Ms. Terri Rice, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Roberto Robles-Valencia, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Harry Roddy, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Daniel Rogers, History (Europe)
Dr. Roy Ryder, Geography (Latin America)
Dr. Alex Sharland, Marketing (International Business)
Dr. Michele Strong, History (Europe)
Dr. James Swofford, Economics (International Business)
Dr. Eleanor ter Horst, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Brian Whitener, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Rebecca Williams, History (Asia, Middle East)

 

International Studies web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/internationalstudies

The International Studies major is a rigorous interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to build a solid foundation for a career in international affairs. The program combines language fluency, international/ area studies, and international business, and, as such, fulfills the requirements for both the major and minor. The faculty directing the major is drawn mostly from the departments of modern and classical languages and literature, geography, history, philosophy, political science, sociology and anthropology.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. GEO 312 will satisfy the technology requirement for International Studies majors.

USA Education/Study Abroad

Students in International Studies are strongly encouraged to incorporate international experiences as part of their academic activities. Study, research, and internships as well as service learning and community service abroad are available options. For more information contact the IS Office and/or the USA Office of International Education.