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International Studies B.A.

Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 42 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This interdisciplinary program provides students with a broad background in contemporary international affairs and the skills necessary to participate effectively in the global community. The program incorporates courses and faculty from more than fourteen different departments and programs. Majors and minors are encouraged to incorporate a study abroad experience into their programs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in international studies include: * Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language through the intermediate level. * A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
International Studies Core Courses (20 cr)
Majors must complete the sequence in the intermediate-level courses for a foreign language. Students should consult the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures about placement if they have previous foreign language.
ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
GEOG 1202 - World Regional Geography [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
GEOG 1304 - Human Geography [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
HIST 1208 - Europe in the Modern Age [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies (4.0 cr)
POL 1050 - International Relations [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Electives: Thematic Fields (9-12 cr)
A minimum of three courses from two of the thematic fields.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
The International Economy
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ECON 4410 - International Economics (3.0 cr)
· FMIS 3649 - International Finance (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· MKTG 3781 - International Marketing (3.0 cr)
· International Relations
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898 (3.0 cr)
· POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance (3.0 cr)
· POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations (4.0 cr)
· POL 3456 - International Security: War and More (4.0 cr)
· Social Change and Development
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3430 - Global Indigenous Studies [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3150 - Development Economics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3945 - Social Stratification (3.0 cr)
· WS 3001 - Third World Women [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3896 - International Fieldwork in Women's Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· Comparative Approaches and Perspectives
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2929 - Intercultural Communication [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3000 - Transnational Perspectives on Feminism [SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3400 - Women and Film [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Electives: Regional Fields (9-12 cr)
A minimum of three courses from two of the regional fields.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
Western European Nations
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3501 - British Literature I [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3502 - British Literature II [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5566 - Irish Literary Revival (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5583 - British Novel (4.0 cr)
· FR 2315 - French Cinema [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4412 - Contemporary French Culture and Society [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· FR 4422 - 20th-Century Novel [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3762 - Geography of Europe (3.0 cr)
· GER 2402 - Germany Today [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3244 - History of Holocaust (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3257 - Modern France (3.0 cr)
· POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3044 - Spanish Civilization and Culture [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4027 - Modern Spanish Literature and Culture [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4028 - Literature and Culture of Spain from the 19th Century to the Present [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4030 - Cinema and Culture of Spain [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· Russia and Eastern Europe
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 2365 - Russia in the 20th Century [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3264 - Imperial Russia (3.0 cr)
· Latin America
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3632 - Latin American Cultures (3.0 cr)
· SPAN 3042 - Hispanic American Civilization and Culture [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4011 - Hispanic American Prose [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4017 - Hispanic American Cinema and Culture [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4018 - Hispanic America From Within [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 4019 - Seminar: Hispanic America in the 21st Century [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· WS 3002 - Latin American Women: Culture and Politics (3.0 cr)
· Asian Nations
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3638 - Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2325 - Muslim Societies [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3825 - Islamic History from Muhammad to the Ottomans (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present (4.0 cr)
· POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia (3.0 cr)
· Canada
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3410 - Fur Trade in Canada and the United States [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3702 - Geography of the United States and Canada (3.0 cr)
· African Nations
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· HIST 2515 - Precolonial Africa [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa (3.0 cr)
· POL 3525 - African Politics (3.0 cr)
· WS 3750 - Voices of African Women [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· WS 3775 - Women, Globalization and Food [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
 
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