2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 15, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

International Studies, BA


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Program Description:

The international studies major offers students the opportunity to study international politics, economics, culture, and society. The major combines intensive study of a foreign language with an interdisciplinary curriculum of study chosen by a student in consultation with a faculty advisor.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Studies consists of three parts: three years of study of one foreign language; the major core courses, which include introductory work in art history, economics, geography, history, political science, religion, and women, gender, and sexuality studies; and work in a specialized concentration.

The specialized concentrations in the International Studies major provide six options: International Diplomacy and Peace Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Cultures, International Economics, Global Gender Studies, and Research/Intelligence Analysis. The International Diplomacy and Peace Studies concentration includes courses in Political Science, Communication, and History. The African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies concentrations allow students to focus on a global region and include classes in Anthropology, History, Humanities, and Political Science. The Comparative Cultures concentration includes courses from Anthropology, Classics, English, History, Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion. The International Economics concentration focuses on global economic concerns, with supporting course work in History, Political Science, and Sociology. The Global Gender Studies concentration incorporates a gender-analysis approach to diplomacy, area studies, comparative cultures, and international economics. The Research/Intelligence concentration combines course work in research methods, ethics, and a variety of disciplines to assist those interested in international affairs to work in data analysis.

Study abroad opportunities in Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, and elsewhere are available through the University Studies Abroad Consortium, of which Wright State is a member. Study abroad and cultural exchange can be arranged through the University Center for International Education, 190 Student Union.

Although studying abroad is not a requirement for an international studies degree, students will find that it will greatly enrich their educational experience, as will exposure to a foreign culture and peoples. For adequate language preparation, students interested in studying abroad should design their course of study well in advance of their trip.

Students interested in careers in government, international business, teaching, or journalism should contact the director of the international studies major. The major also provides sound preparation for students interested in graduate work in law, the humanities, or the social sciences.

Admission Requirements:

Students can be admitted into the International Studies major after completing ENG 1100 or ENG 1140 with a grade of C or OR by completing at least two other Wright State Core courses taught by the college with a grade of “C” or higher.

Learning Outcomes:

All graduates with a B.A. in International Studies will be:

Proficient in a second language (passing two 3000-level foreign language courses, or equivalent).

Skilled writers, able to analyze and explain how cultural, historical, political, and economic forces affect international relations.

More informed global citizens.

Honors Program:

Departmental honors in international studies are awarded upon graduation to qualified international studies majors who carry out independent research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor or for an advanced, limited enrollment seminar in any discipline in which they have had significant coursework and who complete an honors thesis with a grade of A or B. Juniors with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (and 3.5 in the major) should contact the program director about this opportunity and its requirements.

For additional information:

 

Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


  • Element 1: Communication Credit Hour(s): 6
  • Element 2: Mathematics Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Element 3: Global Traditions Credit Hour(s): 6
  • Element 4: Arts and Humanities Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Element 5: Social Sciences Credit Hour(s): 6
  • Element 6: Natural Sciences Credit Hour(s): 8
  • Additional Core Courses Credit Hour(s): 6

II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours


Major core courses (5 of 7 listed): 15 Hours


International Economic Affairs concentration must take:

Middle Eastern Studies concentration must take:

Global Gender Studies concentration must take:

Major Concentration - must select one: 21 hours


Check with your advisor for other courses that might be acceptable within your concentration. Courses marked as Special Topics, Studies, Seminar, etc. must be relevant to the concentration.

International Diplomacy and Peace Studies Concentration


Asian Studies Concentration


European Studies Concentration


Middle Eastern Studies Concentration


Comparative Cultures Concentration


International Economic Affairs Concentration


Select 9 credit hours minimum from the following courses plus 12 credits in Economics.

Research/Intelligence Analyst Concentration


Courses required:

III. Related Requirements: 6 Hours


  • 2 courses in foreign language at the 3000 level or above or
  • demonstrated proficiency at that level

IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours


Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry: 6 Hours


V. Electives: 18-22 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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