International Studies in Liberal Arts
International Studies in Liberal Arts is directed toward students interested in the broad study of social, political, cultural and economic global issues, and who want to develop language skills, expertise in a regional area, and personal experience in other cultures.
As global issues become more important for undergraduates to grasp as they prepare to embark on careers in an increasingly interconnected world, the International Studies in Liberal Arts degree will afford undergraduate students the opportunity for intensive study in the language, cultures, and ideas of a region or group of nations with an interdisciplinary approach. Housed in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures but with the support of departments in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, the International Studies in Liberal Arts program is an interdisciplinary major in the College of Liberal Arts. It offers thus a broad, interdisciplinary approach to international issues, as well as the opportunity to select a regional focus. Students may choose to focus in a particular region of the world, such as Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. All INTL students are expected to complete at least four semesters of foreign language. They are also expected to experience a total cultural immersion in a study abroad program in the region of their choice, either studying alongside local faculty and students and/or working in the local community. Students will also take courses that introduce them to the cultures, history, and achievements of the region in which they wish to concentrate. At the end of the program, students will also complete a capstone project, working with CLA faculty members in different departments to ensure a broad-based experience in writing and researching methodologies in line with their regional focus. With a thorough knowledge of a foreign language, broad background in cultural studies, and a deep immersion experience through a study abroad or international internship, the International Studies graduate will be a highly marketable potential employee and a well-informed citizen of the world.
Students with the International Studies in Liberal Arts B.A. degree are well prepared to work in education, tourism, translation, federal and state government, research and policy think tanks, non-profit and foreign aid organizations, law, the cooperative job sector, international banking and business, and military service.
The College also offers an array of study abroad, exchange, and international internship programs as well as minors and certificates in relevant topics. Check the bulletin or with CLA advisors for more information about these options.
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|FLGC 1150 Global Fluency and Awareness||3||Foreign Language II||4|
|Foreign Language I||4||Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence1||3|
|Core Math||3||Core Science||4|
|Core Literature||3||Advanced Language||4|
|Core Science||4||COMM 1000 Public Speaking||3|
|Advanced Language Course||4||POLI 1050 Global Politics and Issues||3|
|LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2||CCEN 3200 Leadership for a Global Society||3|
|GEOG 1010 Global Geography||3||Core Humanities or Core Literature to complete sequence1||3|
|INTL Internship (new course)||3||SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective||3|
|Core Fine Arts||3||Regional Concentration2||6|
|Regional Concentration2||6||Recommended Elective3||3|
|Regional Concentration||3||INTL Capstone (new course)||3|
|Recommended Elective3||6||Regional Concentration2||3|
|Total Hours: 120|
Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.
Students will complete six courses in one regional area (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Africa).
Students should see Advisor to select Recommended Electives.