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International Studies Curriculum

The B.A. in International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree. Its principal objectives are: (1) to provide an international perspective on such issues as economics, political science, and history and to allow more concentrated coursework in subjects and geographical regions aligned with a student’s interest; (2) to assure competency in a foreign language; (3) to offer an integrated study experience at an international site; and (4) to develop an understanding of the important and complex human, social, political, and economic issues at work in international affairs. The curriculum consists of the following requirements: (1) a minimum of 20 credit hours in a foreign language at the college level; (2) at least one long semester or one 10-week summer approved experience in a study abroad or other international program with an emphasis on cultural and language immersion; (3) the completion of 33 hours (at least 12 advanced) in the major, including 15 hours of core courses; (4) 18 hours in one of five tracks or topic areas: International Politics and Diplomacy, International Commerce, International Environmental Studies, International Communication and Media, and Global Cultural Studies; and (5) 9 hours of area studies in courses related to Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North Africa and the Middle East.

Core Courses (15 Hours)

Credit Hours Course Names
3 INTS 201 -Introduction to International Studies
3 INTS 205 – Current Issues in International Studies (1 hour course to be taken 3 times)
6 INTS 400-480, 485 (no more than 3 hours), 489, 497
3 INTS 481 – Senior Seminar in International Studies

Tracks (18 hours). Choose one track. Courses to be chosen from the following from at least two departments.

The International Politics and Diplomacy track offers students a fundamental understanding of foreign relations. Students learn about the workings of governments and civil societies in a global framework. In the end, students come away from the program with a sound understanding of how governments communicate and cooperate in regional, continental, and global settings.

The International Commerce track combines a basic set of courses in business practice with a broader set of courses in international economic and social theory. Students choose their coursework from a list that spans at least four colleges of the university. It provides students with a well-developed understanding of the interconnectedness of global commercial systems.

The International Communication and Media track offers a discreet set of courses that provide students with a strong background in how media function in a global setting. As one of the largest sectors of the American and global economy, communication and media occupy a major role in our private and professional lives. Moreover, this sector of the economy often functions transnationally in a relatively seamless fashion.

The Global Cultural Studies track offers students both the fundamental theoretical background in cultural studies as well as a broad array of courses in international cultural production and criticism. This humanities based program provides students with a rich understanding of artistic expression in a global setting.

Through the International Environmental Studies track, students work through a fascinating array of coursework chosen among the Colleges of Geoscience, Science, AgriLife, and Liberal Arts. Globalization and rapid industrialization have brought about a set of environmental concerns that defy national boundaries. Ultimately students will have a firm grasp of the myriad environmental issues that arise from our global interconnectedness.

Finally, the International Geographic Information Systems track adds a tremendous skill set to the already substantial ones offered by the core INTS major. The International GIS track immerses students in the workings of spatially distributed information that is used in the environmental, transportation, defense, and many other sectors of the economy. Students will develop skills in spatial analysis and advanced applications of GIS technologies.

Texas A&M University Course Catalog