2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

International Studies, BA

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 several options: International Diplomacy and Peace Studies, Area 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 Area Studies concentration allows students to focus on a global region (e.g., Middle East, Europe, Africa or Latin America) and includes 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-based approach to diplomacy, area studies, comparative cultures, and international economics. The Research/Intelligence Analysis 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, E190 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. In order to have 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 program 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 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 s/he has 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

Required for the International Economic Affairs concentration:

Required for the Middle Eastern Studies concentration:

Required for the Global Gender Studies concentration:

Major Concentration - 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

European Studies Concentration

Middle Eastern Studies Concentration


  • REL 3310  - Introduction to Islam Credit Hour(s): 3
  • 3000/4000-level courses from HST and PLS with Middle Eastern focus Credit Hour(s): 6

Asian Studies Concentration

Comparative Cultures Concentration

International Economic Affairs Concentration


  • EC 4190   - International Economics Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Economics Coursework Credit Hour(s): 9

Research/Intelligence Analyst Concentration

Courses required:

III. Related Requirements: 6 Hours

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

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours

Foreign Language: 12 Hours

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

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, 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.