Jul 15, 2024  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A.


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Required courses INT 200 - Introduction to International Studies 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.

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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.

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 modern language 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.

General Education Requirements (12 crs.)


All majors must complete the following general education courses:

Business and Economics Concentration


Majors with the Business and Economics Concentration must complete the following:

Comparative and Global Culture and Global Political Relations


Majors with concentrations in Comparative and Global Culture and Global Political Relations must choose one of the following options:

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


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**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 Modern Language 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. 

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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 Modern Language 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 Modern Language 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 Requirements


Foundations (15-16 crs.)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course (‘D’ rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course (‘G’ rubric)

Global Perspectives


Guide and prompt students to develop global perspectives by analyzing systems, and evaluating interrelationships

Citizenship & Responsibility (6 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Citizenship


Guide and prompt students to understand responsible citizenship through the development of ideas of citizenship and rights, how society protect or fails to protect basic rights, and avenues for individual or collective action.

Ethical Reasoning


Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.

Natural World & Technology (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world (‘N’ rubric).

Creativity & Expression (6 crs.)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course (‘L’ rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity (‘A’ or ‘C’ rubrics).

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