Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Admission Requirements

Complete the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements
Foundational Courses
ENGL A200Global Literature and Culture3
HIST A101Western Civilization I3
HIST A102Western Civilization II3
INTL/GEOG A101Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography3
PS A102Introduction to Political Science3
SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
Core Courses
HIST A390Themes in World History3
PHIL A301Ethics3
PS A311Comparative Politics3
SOC A307Demography3
Mastery Courses
Complete one of the following:3
ENGL A440
Topics in Comparative Literature
GEOG A390A
Topics in Global Geography
PHIL A400
Ethics, Community, and Society
SOC A380
Sociology of Globalization
Choose an emphasis language from among the foreign languages offered at UAA and complete at least two semesters at the 200 level or higher. Students in the Regional Studies track must choose a language appropriate to one of the approved regions of study, as specified below.8
Complete either the Regional Studies or Global Social Sciences track listed below.12-15
Total53-56
Regional Studies Track12-15
Europe (Languages: French, German, Russian, Spanish)
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
FREN A310
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
FREN A490
Selected Topics: Studies in French/Francophone Literature and Culture 1
GER A310
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
GER A490A
Topics in Literatures and Cultures of the German-Speaking Countries 1
HIST A314
Nineteenth Century Europe
HIST A316
Twentieth Century Europe
HIST A411
History of Modern Germany
HIST A424
Imperial Russian History
HIST A425
History of the Soviet Union
HIST A427
Post-Soviet Culture and Society
HIST A490
Studies in History
PHIL A314
Western Religions
PS A333
History of Political Philosophy II: Modern
SPAN A320
Studies in Contemporary Hispanic Cultures 1
SPAN A490
Selected Topics: Hispanic Culture and Civilization 1
SPAN A490A
Selected Topics: Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture 1
Northeast Asia (Languages: Chinese, Japanese)
HIST A121East Asian Civilization I3
or HIST A122 East Asian Civilization II
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
HIST A321
Modern China
HIST A322
Modern Japan
HIST/INTL/PS A325
Northeast Asia in 21st Century
HIST A330
Russia in East Asia
JPN A350
Business Japanese
JPN A390
Selected Topics: Studies in Japanese Culture and Society
JPN A390A
Selected Topics: English-Language Studies in Japanese Culture and Society
JPN A490
Selected Topics: Studies in Japanese Literature and Culture
PHIL A313
Eastern Philosophy and Religion
PS A324
Model United Nations 1
The Global South (Languages: French, Spanish)
Complete 12 upper-division credits in two subject areas:12
FREN A310
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
FREN A490
Selected Topics: Studies in French/Francophone Literature and Culture 1
HIST A336
Latin America to 1800
HIST A338
Modern Latin America
HIST A408
Iberian Empires: Globalization in the Early Modern World
PHIL A314
Western Religions
PS A324
Model United Nations 1
SPAN A310
Selected Topics: Literary Trends and Traditions 1
SPAN A320
Studies in Contemporary Hispanic Cultures 1
SPAN A390A
Selected Topics: Studies in Translation and Interpretation 1
SPAN A490
Selected Topics: Hispanic Culture and Civilization 1
SPAN A490A
Selected Topics: Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture 1
Global Social Sciences Track12
Complete 12 credits in two subject areas from the following:
EDFN A304
Comparative Education
GEOG A375
Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GEOG A490
Field Studies in Geography
JUST A365
World Justice Systems
PS A301
Comparative Political Economy
PS A321
International Relations
PS A324
Model United Nations
SOC A361
Social Science Research Methods
SOC A363
Social Stratification
SOC A377
Sociology of Gender
International/Intercultural Experience

International studies students are encouraged to engage in an international or intercultural experience related to their program of study and the student learning outcomes of the program. Students may earn credits applicable to the degree program through a study abroad program, short-term study abroad, or an internship or service-learning project that involves a significant international or intercultural component. Students seeking to fulfill a degree requirement with credits earned through study abroad, internship or service-learning should consult an academic advisor and submit an academic petition in advance.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Honors in International Studies

Students majoring in international studies are eligible to graduate with honors if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  2. Meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of 3.80 or above in courses applicable to the degree requirements.
  4. Complete ENGL A440GEOG A390A, PHIL A400, or SOC A380 with a grade of A.
  5. Complete the 8-credit language requirement at the 300 level.