Majoring & Minoring
The International Studies Program consists of a combination of a major and a concentration. For those interested in Europe, the requirements are:
A. A Major (Minimum 9 courses)
This can be in Art History, History, or Political Science. These majors provide not only a strong disciplinary base from which to study Europe, but also provide international and comparative perspectives expanding your understanding of Europe in a global context. At least two courses you take in this major must focus on Europe. Of course, you may take more.
B. A European Concentration: (Minimum 5 courses)
1. Advanced Language (Spanish, French, or German): Three courses of a foreign language beyond the general education requirement of three semesters (or an equivalent placement in the language related to the student’s area of emphasis).
2. Study Abroad: The required study abroad experience must be directly related to the European area of emphasis. The program, satisfied by one or two semesters in a study abroad program, must be taught in your target foreign language. The International Studies Program has a set of approved study abroad programs. Exceptions require International Studies Committee approval. In this case, you should discuss your plans with your advisor and receive the Committee’s approval for the exception a year in advance of the experience.
3. The European Area of Emphasis: Three courses on Europe are required. These are in addition to the two taken in the disciplinary major. You should take courses approved as European International Studies courses (see the list) from at least two different disciplines in addition to your disciplinary major.
In sum, the I.S. Program totals approximately 15 courses. At least 8 of those will be on Europe and on a European (non-English) language/literature. You will also be credited with a major on your transcript.
Note that in order to declare as International Studies, you must complete the “International Studies Plan of Study” form. See the Majoring page for further details.