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Degree Information

The International Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with three different regional concentrations; Europe, Latin America, and East Asia. International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates courses from many areas including; foreign languages, History, Political Science, Geography, and more. The degree will help students understand the range of cultural, economic, and social systems around the globe.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of International Studies Residency Requirements

The Department of International Studies enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

General Education Core Requirements

All IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees require 30 credit hours of General Education Core coursework. Students must select a course(s) to satisfy each category listed below. View the list of courses that satisfy the General Education Core requirements.

  • Information Literacy (1 credit)
  • Written Communications I (3 credits)
  • Written Communications II (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning/Diversity (3 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (one lecture – 3 credits, one lab – 2 credits)
  • Arts/Humanities(3 credits)
  • Social Science(3 credits)
  • General Education Additional Requirement (Art, Humanities, or Social Science) (3 credits)

Please note that several courses required for your Major may “double dip” with the general education core courses.

View a list of current course offerings.

Bachelor of Arts Distribution Requirements

In addition to the requirements stated in the General Education Core, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the following BA Distribution Requirements. There is no limit to the number of hours a student may take in any one discipline. In some rare instances, it is possible to "double dip" BA Distribution courses with some General Education Core courses and major courses. When "double dipping," the minimum grade required is the higher of the two. The additional distribution requirements are as follows:

  • Additional Ethical Reasoning/Diversity
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Ethical Reasoning/Diversity requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the Ethical Reasoning/Diversity. One course must be in Ethical Reasoning and one course must be in Diversity. (May not "double dip" with the General Education Core Ethical Reasoning/Diversity Requirement, the BA Distribution Historical Investigation Requirement, or the BA Distribution Social & Behavioral Science Requirement.)
  • Additional Natural Science
    In addition to the five credit hours (lecture + lab) required for the campus general education Natural Science requirement, choose one additional course for a minimum total of 8 credit hours in the natural sciences. One course must be in the life sciences and one course must be in the physical sciences.
  • Additional Social Science
    In addition to the three credit hours required for the campus general education Social Science requirement, choose one additional course in any discipline for a minimum total of 6 credit hours in the social/behavioral sciences. (May not "double dip" with General Education Core Social & Behavioral Science or the BA Distribution Historical Investigation requirement.)
  • Historical Investigation
    Two courses in Historical Investigation. (May not “double dip” with the additional Social & Behavioral Science for the BA Distribution requirements.)
  • Foreign Language
    All BA degree candidates must satisfactorily complete (D- or higher) four semesters of a single foreign language, or they must earn an achievement examination or placement test score sufficient for placement in foreign language classes at the 300 level or above.

BA Distribution Requirements

In addition to the 30 cr. General Education Core students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree are required to complete the following BA Distribution Requirements.

  • Social Science (3 credits)
  • Natural Science (3 credits)
  • Historical Investigation (6 credits)
  • Foreign Language (14 credits in a single language)

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Requirements

The major in International Studies requires 39 credit hours, including core requirements and requirements for one regional concentration. In addition, study abroad or an international engagement activity is required, the international engagement activity being reserved for those majors with a demonstrated inability to study abroad. Study in approved study abroad programs will be applied to fulfillment of other requirements in the major. Students should speak with an international studies faculty member for more details.

Core Requirements

Completion of the third year of foreign language study in a language correlating to the student’s regional concentration.

Two classes from the following list for the language study:
EALC-J 302, J303; FREN-F 313, F 314, F 315, F 316; GER-G 275, G 310, G 311; SPAN-S 311, S 312, S 317.

  1. COAS-I 400 - International Studies Capstone Seminar
  2. ECON-E 333 - International Economics
    or
    POLS-Y 376
     - International Political Economy
  3. GEOG-G 201 - World Regional Geography
  4. POLS-Y 109 - Introduction to International Relations
    or
    POLS-Y 107
    - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  5. HIST-H 101 - The World in the 20th Century
  6. Participation in an approved study abroad program or an international engagement activity
International Studies Regional Requirement

Students must choose a regional area in either:

*To complete a Concentration on Africa, study abroad or a flexible schedule to take Metroversity classes will be needed.

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