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(Interdepartmental Undergraduate Major and Minor, Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Supervisory Committee: Steffen W. Schmidt, Chair; Robert Baum, Amy Bix, Hsian Ilahiane, Kathy Leonard, Robert E. Mazur
Undergraduates completing the International Studies major understand the interconnections between local and global issues and events. They can integrate their understanding of a selected global issue with knowledge of the major culture, values, and problems of a selected geographical area. They can communicate with persons of cultures other than their own and, in so doing, appreciate the impact of their own cultural and educational experience on their perception of the world.
The international studies program provides opportunities for students to develop skills and understanding about international events and problems, and global issues. The program is designed for students who wish to prepare for work or advanced study in the international arena, such as in foreign service, journalism, advocacy organizations, scientific or research institutions, business, nongovernmental development organizations (NGOs), humanitarian agencies, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, think tanks, international agriculture, engineering, and other fields.
A secondary major and a minor in International Studies are available for undergraduates. The program requirements are structured around a combination of designated Topical Module and a Geographic Regional Studies Component. Each student's program of study is designed to reflect programmatic opportunities at Iowa State University and the academic, intellectual, and professional interests of the student.
A student seeking a secondary major in International Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 27 semester credits in courses approved for use in the International Studies program, including:
The major must include a minimum of 9 credits not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirement.
A student seeking a minor in International Studies must successfully complete a minimum of 18 semester credits in courses approved for use in the International Studies program, including:
The minor must include a minimum of 9 credits not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirement.
Students with a major or minor in International Studies fulfill the Language Proficiency requirement through one of the following options:
A. Topical Modules
B. Geographic Regional Studies Component
International Studies students are strongly encouraged to participate in study and/or work abroad programs. Students may petition to use up to 9 credits in the major (6 credits in the minor) earned in study abroad and/or international internship programs to substitute for courses within the Topical Module, Geographic Regional Studies Component, and/or Language Proficiency requirements.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
IntSt 220. Study Abroad Credit. Cr. var. Prereq: Permission of the program coordinator. ISU offers numerous opportunities for study abroad. Please contact the study abroad center or your academic advisor for current programs.
IntSt 235. Introduction to International Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.SS. Overview of international studies, emphasizing cultural, geographic, economic, and political characteristics of major world areas, and nations.
IntSt 420. Study Abroad Credit. Cr. var. Prereq: Permission of the program coordinator. ISU offers numerous opportunities for study abroad. Please contact the Study Abroad Resource Center or your academic advisor for current programs.
IntSt 430. Seminar in International Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Capstone seminar in international studies focused on economic development, women's issues, war and ethnic conflict, population, the environment, globalization, human rights, international trade and business and other issues. Students develop a project on a subject linked to their area of professional interest or academic specialization.
IntSt 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. Prereq: Permission of International Studies Advisory Committee Chair and faculty supervisor. Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study in areas other than those in which courses are offered or who desire to integrate areas of study appropriate to special problems with international foci. No more than 3 credits of IntSt 490 may be used in the International Studies major or minor.