2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A. (4180)

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International Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students for today’s more globalized world. Whether you plan to work in Tennessee, Washington DC or abroad, understanding our complex world is a crucial skill. By becoming proficient in another language and being exposed to a variety of active engagement via international travel, international academic settings, experiential learning opportunities, and/ or internships, students gain confidence and an appreciation of other cultures. Students, through the three concentrations, prepare for eventual careers with US government agencies, international organizations, nonprofits/ humanitarian organizations, international businesses, the hospitality/tourism industry, and teaching English as a foreign language. In sum the International Studies program trains students to think critically, communicate effectively and work together to meet global challenges.

B.A. Curriculum. The major consists of a minimum of 42 hours, plus an additional 12 hours for the required foreign language minor. The general education requirements for the B.A. degree must be met. Students must complete the following four requirements for the major: 1) Core classes; 2) Concentration classes; 3) Travel study, study abroad, internship, and/or experiential learning projects; and 4) a foreign language minor.


Core Courses (18 Credits)

All students must take:

Students Must Choose One Course from Each of the Four Following Areas (12 Credits):

Concentration (18-21 Credits)

Choose one of the three following concentrations

International Business and Development Concentration


International Diplomacy and Strategy Concentration


International Diversity and Multiculturalism


Foreign Language Minor

(12 upper-division hours)

Students must minor in French, Spanish, Japanese or German and resident aliens for whom it is determined that English is a second language may minor in English. 

Travel-Study, Study Abroad, Internship, and/or Experiential Learning Project Credit

(6 hours minimum-12 hours maximum)

Students must participate in at least one (3 hour) travel study or study abroad program in a foreign country, but the remaining 3 hours can also be earned from a U.S. based travel study, a relevant internship, or experiential learning project for credit (Model UN, Model National Congress, Global Action Summit, etc.). 

  1. Travel study trips or study abroad opportunities that last one month or longer in duration could potential earn students 6 credits, but often an extra project will be required. See the International Studies advisor for more information.
  2. Eligible International Studies students can apply for both SGA travel funds and CBGA’s Sandra Koch Travel Award once an academic year in order to help lower the costs of international travels. 

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