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International Studies

International Studies

B.A. Degree

The growth of world interdependence has made it imperative that Ferrum College offer its students a program of study which can prepare them to function effectively in a society more than ever affected by international affairs. Virtually every aspect of life in the modern United States – business and labor, religious life, government: both federal and state, and even science and technology – is influenced by what happens in the wider world. The interdisciplinary major in International Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to be educated for citizenship in this kind of world. Majors will become more conversant with history, language, culture, economy, and politics of foreign nations and the international community in which they participate. Graduates will be prepared to take advantage of expanding career opportunities in transnational businesses, government, and the many humanitarian, research, and lobbying groups operating in the international context. The program also provides an academic foundation for post-graduate study.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   PSC 203 International Politics
   One course that involves international travel including but not limited to: (REC 205 (Belize), REC 475        (Costa Rica), ESC 205 (Virgin Islands), ESC 207 (South Africa), ESC 208 (Ireland), SAB 250 or 350) or      other internationally focused E-Terms.

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

   PSC 205 Comparative Government 3
   ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
   LAN 201, 202 6

Required Course (18 hours)

   PSC 203 International Politics 3
   IST 350 International Relations Theory 3
   IST 496 Individual Study 3
   IST 498 International Studies Senior Seminar 3
   One research course from the following list: (HIS 398, SSC 251, SOC 470, or ENG 401) 3
   One course that involves international travel, such as (REC 205 (Belize),REC 475 (Costa    Rica), ESC 205 (Virgin Islands), ESC 207 (South Africa), ESC 208 (Ireland), SAB 250 or      350), or other internationally focused E-Terms. 3

Language Requirement

   LAN 301, 302 Advanced Foreign Language 6

Area Studies (at least 9 hours)

   HIS 350 The European Phoenix 3
   HIS 371 China 3
   HIS 373 India 3
   HIS 374 Southeast Asia 3
   HIS 375 Sub-Saharan Africa 3
   HIS 378 North Africa 3
   HIS 380 Latin America 3
   HIS 355 Russia Since 1917 3
   HIS 357 Russian History 3

International Relations (at least 9 hours)

   PSC 302 Political Geography 3
   PSC 306 Politics and Human Rights 3
   PSC 420 War and Peacekeeping – U.S. National Security Policy 3
   PSC 440 International Law and Organizations 3
   HIS 312 U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945 3
   HIS 382 U.S.-Latin American Relations 3

Economics (at least 3 hours)

   BUS 420 International Business 3
   ECO 330 International Trade 3
   ECO 430 Development Economics 3
   PSC 435 Political Economy of Development 3

World Cultures and Practices (at least 6 hours):

   ENG 201 World Literature I 3
   ENG 202 World Literature II 3
   ENG 210 World Folktales and Literature 3
   HUM 200 or 300 Holocaust: Past, Present, and Future 3
   HUM 333 Intercultural Conflict Mediation 3
   REL 151 World Religions 3
   RUS 304 Russian Culture 3
   RUS 401 Russian Literature of the 19th Century 3
   RUS 402 Russian Literature of the 20th Century 3
   SPA 320 Introduction to Spanish Readings 3
   SPA 325 Spanish Culture 3
   SPA 326 Latin American Culture 3
   SPA 403 Spanish Literature 3
   SPA 404 Latin American Literature 3
   THA 301 World Theatre I: Through the Eighteenth Century 3
   THA 302 World Theatre II: From 1800 to the Present 3

Major Electives (6 hours)

   Additional courses from the Area Studies or International Relations categories or from the following: HIS 496, HIS 497, IST 325, PSC 491, PSC 499 (as approved by the program coordinator).


Total Hours Required in Major    57