3340 International Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in International Studies

The International Studies Program affords the student an opportunity to develop areas of concentration in International Studies, Europe, Mediterranean, and Developing Areas such as Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Internship experiences may be undertaken only after completing at least 21 hours of credit in the concentration area. Please contact the faculty coordinator, Dr. Christine M. Skwiot, at 404/413-6370 or hiscms@langate.gsu.edu.

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance, 418 Langdale Hall, 404/413-5000. Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

Courses used to fulfill the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses for each B.I.S. program will not count towards the rules of Area G — no more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) from a single discipline — nor of Area H — no more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

B.I.S. with a Concentration in International Studies

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (3-9)
    A foreign language through the 2002 level with a grade of B or higher. These may include Arabic, Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.
  2. Other courses appropriate to program, chosen in consultation with coordinator (9-15).

Area G: Area of Concentration — International Studies (27-40)

No more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6-8)
    • Two courses numbered 4995 in the student’s primary discipline.
  2. A minimum of 12 hours in the student’s primary discipline is required. Courses must have an international focus or prominent international dimension in the primary discipline. Courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor:
    1. International Relations
    2. Europe
    3. Mediterranean
    4. Near Eastern
    5. Developing Areas*
      *Students choosing the Developing Areas sub field take at least one of the following:

      • POLS 4210 Politics of Developing Countries (3)
      • RelS/Phil 4610 Hinduism (3)
      • RelS/Phil 4615 Buddhism (3)
      • RelS/Phil 4620 Confucianism and Taoism (3)
      • RelS/Phil 4625 Zen and Shinto (3)
      • *Students in the Developing Areas sub field are also required to take at least two courses in one of the regions (Africa, South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America).
  3. Select at least one course:
  4. Select 0-2 additional courses in areas outside the student’s primary discipline (6 hrs.).
  5. Select two electives in student’s primary discipline (6-8). Students who wish to pursue proficiency in a second language, different from the language taken in area F, may include language courses at the 3000-4000 level with a grade of B or higher.

Area H: Allied Field (15-21)

Courses chosen in consultation with coordinator. The allied field must be interdisciplinary. No more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

Area J: Electives

Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-J to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation.