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  Jan 20, 2018
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies (Interdisciplinary), B.A.


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The BA in International Studies provides students with the skills necessary to function in a globally interconnected society.  Within the program, students will be able to concentrate their studies on the following topics – Peace, Violence, and Security; Global Governance, Human Rights, and Law; Global Poverty and Economic Development; Religions, Cultures, and Civilizations, or a specific region of the world.  

Total number of hours for this program: 120.

Liberal Studies Hours: 42


Liberal Studies Program Requirements 

The major requires 30 hours:


Modern Foreign Languages (9 hours)


MFL 231-232 or 240 (6 hours) and 3 hours of MFL at the 300 level in the same language.

or

MFL 231-232 or 240 (6 hours) in the same language and 3 hours MFL in a second language.

Required Courses and Area of Concentration (18 hours)


Students must take INST 200 and INST 400 as requirements of the major.  INST 200 should be taken toward the beginning of a student’s course of study, and INST 400 should be taken during a student’s final year at WCU.

Students are also required to choose a concentration as a way to focus their studies on a particular topic or region.  Students must take 12 hours of courses within their designated concentration, and those courses must draw from at least two different prefixes/disciplines.

Concentration - Peace, Violence, and Security


If students choose Peace, Violence, and Security as their concentration, they must take 12 hours from the following list of courses.

Concentration - Global Poverty and Economic Development


If students choose Global Poverty and Economic Development as their concentration, they must take 12 hours from the following list of courses.

Concentration - Asia


If students choose Asia as their concentration, they must take 12 hours from the following list of courses.

Concentration - Africa and Middle East


If students choose Africa and Middle East as their concentration, they must take 12 hours from the following list of courses.

Concentration - Europe


If students choose Europe as their concentration, they must take 12 hours from the following list of courses.

Guided Elective (3 hours)


Students must take 3 hours OUTSIDE of their concentration. 

Additional Requirements:


International Studies is a designated as a coordinate major, so all INST majors MUST also declare a second major.

INST majors must also finish an approved Engaged Learning Experience (ELE) to complete the requirements for the degree.  Each student is required to work with his/her program advisor to develop an ELE contract no later than the end of drop/add period in the semester prior to their graduating semester, and that contract must be completed no later than the last day of classes of the semester prior to their graduating semester.  This contract will detail the specific activities and outcomes of the ELE.  

For INST majors, Engaged Learning Experiences may be associated with a travel course/study abroad, independent study, internship, or a designated Engaged Learning course.

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