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2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2025 - Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies, B.A.


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Required courses INT 200 - Introduction to International Studies Concepts and Methods Credits: 3  and INT 300 - International Studies Seminar Credits: 3  introduce and reinforce knowledge of globalization and intercultural relations. Majors also are required to study abroad or engage in an off-campus internship that develops intercultural competency and international understanding.

Students must elect one Global Perspectives concentration (12 crs.) in:

  1. Comparative & Global Cultures
  2. Global Political Relations or
  3. Global Business & Economics.

Global Perspectives courses explore globalization’s impacts on the cultures, economies, and political systems of the world that cause international interdependency and tensions.

Students also must elect one Area Studies concentration (12 crs.) and related foreign language (9 crs.) in:

  1. African & Middle Eastern Studies,
  2. Asian Studies,
  3. European Studies or
  4. Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Area Studies and Foreign Language courses promote intercultural and linguistic competency essential to successful cross-cultural personal and professional relationships.

Majors must take a minimum of 21 credit hours of major courses, including INT 200  and INT 300 , at Shippensburg. Students declaring dual majors may double-count a maximum of 12 credit hours of courses between the first major and courses fulfilling International Studies Global Perspectives, Area Studies and Foreign Language requirements. Courses fulfilling general education requirements of both majors may be double-counted without restriction.

Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement:


All students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree are required to attain proficiency in a foreign language. Proficiency may be satisfied by completing a language class at the 103 (intermediate) level or three years of any one foreign language in high school. Students may also meet this requirement through AP or CLEP testing.

39 crs.


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*HON 399 - Honors: Independent Study Credits: 3  may serve as a substitute for INT 300  with an appropriate international topic, interdisciplinary research project, and permission of the director.

International Studies Foreign Language Requirement (9 crs.)


Majors taking languages offered through Shippensburg University must complete 9 credit hours at the 200-level and higher. Students who study a language not offered through Shippensburg University–such as Korean, Russian or Swahili–are required to earn a total of 9 credit hours at the 100-level or higher. Language credits must be earned through Shippensburg University or with permission of the director another accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. or abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to strengthen their qualifications for international employment by completing a Global Languages and Cultures certificate (12 crs.) or minor (18 crs.).

Study Abroad or Internship Requirement

Majors are required to study abroad or engage in an off-campus internship. The study abroad or internship experience must satisfy a minimum of 3 credit hours of the major’s general education or course requirements. Students studying abroad at an approved program may take a maximum of 18 credit hours of major courses. Majors studying abroad to fulfill special academic needs may obtain exemptions from the minimum or maximum credit hour requirement with prior approval of the Director of International Studies.

Global Perspectives Concentration (12 crs.)


Students must choose one Global Perspectives Concentration. 6 credit hours should be at the 300-level or higher. Courses must be in at least 2 disciplines.

 

* = Requires an appropriate topic and an Exception Form signed by the Director of International Studies for approval.

Comparative and Global Cultures Concentration


Note:


**Students taking FIN 425 , MGT 349 , and MKT 360  are required to elect a Business Minor-18 crs. to meet required prerequisites.

Area Studies Concentration (12 crs)


Students must choose one Area Studies concentration. 6 credit hours should be at the 300-level or higher. Courses must be in at least two disciplines.

* Requires an appropriate topic and an Exception Form signed by Director of International Studies for approval.

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FRN 204 , FRN 331 , and FRN 380  -Only Global Languages and Cultures courses that are not used to satisfy the B.A. language requirement or International Studies foreign language requirement may be counted toward the Area Studies Concentration requirement. 

European Studies Concentration


French, German, Spanish or another continental European language is required to fulfill the requirement. Study abroad in Europe is highly recommended.

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FRN 204 , FRN 320 , FRN 330 , FRN 340 , FRN 380 , FRN 392 , FRN 400 , GER 151 , GER 215 , GER 320 , GER 322 , GER 400 , SPN 204 , SPN 330 , SPN 343 , SPN 360 , SPN 385  , SPN 400 -Only Global Languages and Cultures courses that are not used to satisfy the B.A. language requirement or International Studies foreign language requirement may be counted toward the Area Studies Concentration requirement. 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration


Spanish, French, or another Latin American or Caribbean language is required to fulfill the language requirement. Study abroad in Latin America or the Caribbean is highly recommended.

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SPN 204 , SPN 330 , SPN 361 , SPN 385 , SPN 400  -Only Global Languages and Cultures courses that are not used to satisfy the B.A. language requirement or International Studies foreign language requirement may be counted toward the Area Studies Concentration requirement. 

General Education


General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements Specific for this major

  • Global Perspective (G): HIS 106  
  • Global Perspective (G): PLS 141  
  • If concentration is Comparative & Global Cultures or Global Political Relations:
  • If concentration is Global Business & Economics:
    • Critical Reasoning (R): ECO 113  

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