Skip Navigation

International Studies Major and Minor

The Bachelor of Arts in international studies is an interdisciplinary program. The major is administratively housed in the department of political science.

International Studies Major

A major in international studies consists of 10 required courses and three elective courses.

The required courses are:

  • ECON 101

  • PSCI 200, 207, 349, *355

  • PSCI 338 or HIST 338

  • THEOL 336

  • IS 498 Senior Seminar

  • Two 300 or 400 level courses in any modern language.

In addition, students must take three electives selected in consultation with an advisor and the director of the International Studies program. If the advisor and the director agree, students may count language courses above the 200-level which are not counted in the Foreign Language major/minor, if there is clear rationale.

Students may substitute ECON 310, but should be aware that ECON 101 and 102 are prerequisites for that course. ECON 101 is a prerequisite for PS 349.

Internship /Study Abroad

As part of the international studies major, students are strongly advised to undertake an internship in the international field (government, the private sector, international organizations, institutions or societies), to study abroad for a summer or semester, or to work on a project related to the international field. The internship may be substituted for a three-credit course in the student's area of concentration.

International Studies majors who also wish to major or minor in Political Science should speak to an academic advisor in the department for specific requirements.

International Studies Minor

The international studies minor consists of the following courses, for a total of 18 credit hours:

  • ECON 101

  • PSCI 200

  • PSCI 207

  • PS 349 or ECON 310*

  • PSCI 338 or HIST 338

  • THEO 336

In addition, students must fulfill their Veritas Domain requirement by taking THEO 336

*ECON 101 is a prerequisite for PS349. Students opting to take ECON 310 instead of PS349 should be aware that ECON 310 also requires ECON 102 as a prerequisite.

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315