B.A. in International Studies
International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks
to develop the skills and understanding essential for effective
participation in the emerging global business, social and political environment. The major helps to prepare students for
careers in government service, international commerce, banking and
finance, the travel and convention businesses, politics and
teaching. It also provides appropriate preparation for the
professional study of business, law and international affairs.
Students interested in masters programs in international affairs may
find it advantageous to take additional courses in economics.
Interested students should ask the registrar to refer them to a
faculty advisor who specializes in this major.
B.A. in International Studies
1. Completion of all the following courses:
ECO 323 International Economics
POL 111 International Relations
2. Completion of six of the following courses, worth at least 24 semester hours:
BUS 370 International Business
ECO 320 Economic Development
FRE 402 The Modern French Republics and Their Institutions
FRE 403 Franco-American Relations in Trade and Culture
HIS 215 The Age of World War – Europe 1914-1945
HIS 240 Latin America to Independence
HIS 290 Special Topics in History *
HIS 312 German History Since 1800
HIS 321 Russian History Since 1861
HIS 340 Dictatorship and Democracy in Latin America
HIS 400 Advanced Independent Study in History *
HIS 431 History of United States Foreign Relations
HIS 490 Advanced Special Topics in History *
INS 400 Advanced Independent Study in International Studies *
INS 401 Internship in International Studies
POL 131 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 211 War
POL 231 Asian Politics
POL 290 Special Topics in Politics *
POL 311 United States Foreign Policy
POL 321 Political Development
POL 331 Comparative Politics of China and Japan
POL 361 European Politics
POL 400 Advanced Independent Study in Politics *
POL 411 War, Peace and Security
POL 422 Seminar in Chinese Politics
POL 431 Seminar in Politics and Culture *
POL 490 Advanced Special Topics in Politics *
SPN 305 Spanish for International Relations
SPN 410 The Development of Latin American Cultures
3. Satisfactory completion of an approved study abroad experience. Please see Oglethorpe University Students Abroad (Bulletin Sec. 9.8.4.). Foreign students may count their residence at Oglethorpe as their study-abroad experience.
4. Completion of one semester of a foreign language at the 300-level or higher, or demonstration of equivalent proficiency. The course must be a language course, not a culture course. For Japanese, this requirement is met by completing JPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II.
5. Completion of one additional language course in which the foreign language is required for research, reading or discussion. In the case of Japanese, this requirement is met by completing either JPN 250 Princes, Hermits and Courtesans: Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation or JPN 251 Identity and Nation in Modern Japanese Literature.
6. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
b. Special topics and independent study courses (identified with an asterisk, *, in the above listing) fulfill the requirements of the major only when they have a substantial international component. This implies that the course deals with the modern history, current situation or culture in a geographical area outside the United States or concerns some substantive issue that is international in scope, typically regarding economics or security.
c. Students who receive financial aid at Oglethorpe should contact the director of financial aid early in the pursuit of this major to determine available funding for the study abroad experience.
d. No more than two courses may be counted toward major requirements from a study abroad program.