Undergraduate Programs

B.A. in International Studies

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The International Studies major focuses on world affairs with a special emphasis on philosophy, economics, and culture. Courses in this major focus on both general topics (such as conflict, globalization, terrorism, human rights) and area or country studies (the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, Latin America). Unlike most other degree programs, the International Studies major allows students the flexibility to earn credit towards their major by taking some selected courses from other departments to provide a broader international perspective. Graduates from this major are well poised for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sector. Recent graduates have pursued careers in government, business, or non-government organizations that have an international or global focus.

*SIGS also offers a Minor in International Studies

admissions

STATE MANDATED COMMON COURSE PREREQUISITES
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

curriculum requirements

International Studies Major Course List

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS: 36 HOURS
The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. At least 27 of these credit hours (nine courses) must be from the International Studies Program offerings.

MAJOR CORE COURSES - 18 HOURS

  • INR 3011 Globalization
  • INR 4083 Conflict in the World
  • INR 3038 International Wealth and Power or CPO 4034 Politics of the Developing Areas
  • INR 3202 International Human Rights or INR 4502 International Organizations
  • Two (2) area studies courses from the INT upper-division electives (3 credit hours each)

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES - 18 HOURS
The additional 18 credit hours must include at least three elective courses (9 credit hours) from within the International Studies discipline offered in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies; the remaining 9 credit hours can be selected from courses offered from other departments which are approved by the major advisor as having adequate international or cross-cultural content. Please see the International Studies advisor for a full list of courses to meet the INT elective requirements.

With the approval of the major advisor, credits earned in INR 4900 and INR 4910 may be used to augment or substitute for the foregoing requirements. 

forms & additional information

Office of Admissions
SIGS Undergraduate Resources 
Undergraduate Studies
International Studies Directed Reading Contract
SIGS Undergraduate Incomplete Grade Contract

contact

Pamela Anderson, Academic Advisor