B.S. Degree in International Studies {17-18}

B.S. Degree in International Studies

To receive the B.S. Degree in International Studies, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how processes of globalization impact human rights.
  • Describe linkages between globalization, migration and development.
  • Discuss the impact of cultural context on one's own world view.
  • Discuss how international experience has affected one's own understanding of the world.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically.
  • Demonstrate an ability to analyze issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in thoughtful discussion of complex global issues and challenges.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 21 credits )

This core is required of all students who major in one of the International Studies emphases: Development or Diplomacy.

ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ECON 204 Principles of Economics II: Macro (3)
GEOS 111 Cultures and Regions (3)
HIST 105 World History II (3)
INTL 101 Introduction to Global Issues (3) or
POL 105 Making Sense of Politics (3)
PHIL 120 World Religions (3)
POL 160 International Relations (3)

Restricted Electives ( 6-8 credits )

Students must complete two courses from the following list in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

HIST 205  Introduction to Historical Methods (3)
POL 310  Political Science Research Methods (3)
PHIL 340 Symbolic Logic (3)
INTL 492 Senior Project (1-6)
ECON 370  Introduction to Econometrics (3)
GEOS 205  Thinking Spatially (3)
GEOS 207  GPS Field Techniques (3)
GEOS 210  Cartography (3)
ENGL 286  Writing for the Workplace (3)
ENGL 387  Technical Report Writing (3)
CHIN 101  Beginning Chinese I (4)
CHIN 102  Beginning Chinese II (4)
JAPN 101  Beginning Japanese I (4)
JAPN 102   Beginning Japanese II (4)
SPAN 101  Beginning Spanish I (3)
SPAN 102  Beginning Spanish II (3)

Students who complete language courses at MSUM of a higher level of proficiency can petition the Program Coordinator to have those courses counted to meet this requirement and are encouraged to do so if applicable. Students will NOT be given credit for previous language proficiency, only for college credits either taken on campus or transferred from another baccalaureate institution.  This requirement will not be waived by demonstrating language proficiency.  Students with previous language proficiency who cannot or do not wish to take further coursework in a proficient language or coursework in another language will take the statistics and/or GIS courses, or courses in English writing.

Emphasis in Diplomacy

Program Requirements ( 15 credits )

Students completing the Diplomacy Emphasis must complete:

POL 349  Great Power Politics (3)

Students must also complete 12 credits from the following list:

ANTH 265 Language and Cultures (3)
GEOS 310 U.S. and Canada (3)
GEOS 410 Eastern Europe and Russia (3)
HIST 302 East Asian History II (3)
HIST 346 Modern China (3)
HIST 347 Modern Japan (3)
PHIL 322 Religious Traditions in a Global Society (3)
PHIL 357 Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 358 Peace and War (3)
POL 315 Political Thought (3)
POL 350 Comparative Governments of Western Europe (3)
POL 352 Political Problems in Developing Countries (3)
POL 356 Russia and the Global Cold War (3)
POL 360 American Foreign Policy (3)
POL 363 Public International Law (3)
POL 370 Understanding International Security (3)

Emphasis in Development

Program Requirements ( 15 credits )

Students completing the Development track must complete:

GEOS 320 Economic Geography (3)

Students completing the Development track must also complete 12 credits from the following list:

ACCT 280 Legal Environment of Business (3)
ANTH 306 Medical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 307 Ecological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 308 Migration and Human Adaptation (3)
ANTH 313 Traditional Cultures (3)
ANTH 380 Contemporary Africa (3)
ECON 300 Global Economic Issues (3)
ECON 425 International Trade and Finance (3)
HIST 304 Africa in World History (3)
HIST 334 History of Latin America II (3)
HIST 336 History of Mexico (3)
HIST 373 Monsoon Asia: People and the Environment (3)
HIST 379 Environmental History (3)
POL 345  Environmental Politics (3)
POL 361  International Political Economy (3)