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 International Arts and Culture; 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.
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Area Studies: 9 credits. Choose one area:
To be chosen from an approved list on the INTS website in consultation with an advisor.
North Africa and the Middle East
Courses numbered 485 or 489 that contain significant international content can be taken in any department to meet part of the track or area requirement. Students must obtain International Studies advisor approval before taking the 485 or 489 course.
Foreign Language: 20 credits
Placement exam to be taken upon entering program (students may place out of a maximum of 14 hours)
Students placed in 101 will take 101, 102, 201 and 202 and 6 hours at the 300- or 400-level.
Students placed in 102 will take 102, 201 and 202 and 6 hours at the 300- or 400-level.
Students placed in 201 will take 201 and 202 and 6 hours at the 300- or 400-level.
Students placed in 202 will take 202 and 6 hours at the 300- or 400-level.
Students placing out of 101, 102, 201 and 202 will take 6 hours at the 300- or 400-level.
International Experience Requirement: Must generate at least 3 hours of Texas A&M University credit; requires approval by Director of International Studies before travel.
1. Must be at least one long semester or one 10-week summer approved experience.
2. Must be taken after completion of 100- and 200-level language requirement and INTS 201.
3. Must be completed before student is eligible to enroll in INTS 481, 491 or 497.
4. Must be an immersion experience in the foreign culture and language.
The requirement can be satisfied by:
-An internship at a company, government agency or non-profit operation involving significant use of the foreign language. Three hours of INTS 484 elective credit can be given.
-Courses taken at a foreign university. Courses may count for Texas A&M University credit with approval of the advisor of the relevant department. These courses cannot apply to the International Studies core. One course must be taken in the foreign language at the 300- or 400-level.
-Selected Texas A&M University Study Abroad programs which involve intensive cultural and language immersion.
-A combination of the above to equal the requirement of a long semester or a 10-week summer-approved experience.
5. Must be taken outside of the student’s country of origin.
6. Must be taken in one foreign country that matches with the foreign language and the area study requirement unless approved by the Director of International Studies before travel.
College and University Requirements
|Other courses may qualify for the following categories. Students should consult the approved list of courses available in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. The following lists incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category.|
|3||ENGL 104 – Composition and Rhetoric|
|3||Communication (3 hours): One course chosen from: ENGL 203, 210, 235, 241, or 301; COMM 203 or 243.|
|6||Literature in English (6 hours): To be selected from ENGL 203 (unless 203 is used to satisfy communication requirement), 212, 221, 222, 227, 228, 231, 232, or courses for which one of these listed courses is a prerequisite.|
|6||Mathematics: At least 3 hours must be in MATH (excluding 102, 103, 104, 130, 150, 165m 365, 366). Three hours may be in logic.|
|8||Natural Sciences: Two or more courses; minimum of one course shall include a corresponding laboratory. One course must come from: BIOL 101; BIOL 107; BIOL 111; CHEM 101, 103/113; GEOL 101; PHYS 201, 218. The other course must come from these courses or others approved for the University Core Curriculum.|
|6||Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts: Departmental requirements fulfill 6 hours of humanities; students must take at least 3 hours of visual and performing arts.|
|6||Social and Behavioral Sciences: Selected from the approved list of courses in such areas as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, journalism, linguistics, political science, psychology, speech communication, and sociology.|
|6||Political Science: POLS 206 and 207.|
|6||U.S. History: Two courses in American history; no more than one may be in Texas history.|
|(6)||International and Cultural Diversity: To be selected from approved list. This course may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.|
|2||Kinesiology: KINE 198 Health and Fitness Activity and KINE 199 Required Phsyical Activity.|
|6||Free Electives (Additional hours in the major field may not be used as free electives.)|
Five Year Joint Degree Program with the Bush School
The International Studies Degree Program (INTS), in conjunction with the Bush School of Government & Public Service, also offers a joint degree program that allows International Studies majors to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M. This opportunity enables students to receive their International Studies undergraduate degree and a Master of Public International Affairs (MPIA) degree in five years. The partnership between INTS and the Bush School is especially attractive because all graduates from the Bush School’s Masters Program must have proficiency in a foreign language and are encouraged to spend a semester abroad; INTS majors will have completed this requirement prior to entering the Bush School graduate program. Students admitted to the joint-degree program will have completed 96 hours of the 120 hours of coursework required to receive their bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies (within the Politics and Diplomacy emphasis track), as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. Students will be required to complete the same two year, 48 hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program. For information about the 5-year Degree Program, contact the Bush School.
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