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The International Studies Degree Program at USF

The undergraduate program in International Studies, offered through the Department of Government and International Affairs, is designed to provide a general background in world affairs with a special emphasis on political and economic aspects. Courses focus on both general topics (such as conflict, globalization, terrorism, human rights) and area or country studies (the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, Latin America are among the current offerings).

Unlike most other degree programs, INT allows students the flexibility to earn credit toward their major by taking select courses in other departments. Some students have taken advantage of this to shape their own program in area studies—combining courses in International Studies with courses on a specific region or country drawn from History, Anthropology, World Languages, Religious Studies, Humanities, or other departments. Students are encouraged to participate in Study Abroad opportunities as well as governmental internships to enhance their university based studies.

Graduates from the program have pursued careers in government, business, or non-government organizations that deal with international or global issues.

Others have continued their academic preparation in a M.A. or Ph.D. program, either at USF or elsewhere.

  International Studies Major Requirements BEGINNING Fall 2012–2013 Catalog Year

A minimum of 36 semester hours are required of all undergraduate majors in International Studies including the following courses:
I. Required Core courses:  12 credits
INR 3011 Globalization
INR 4083 Conflict in the World
1 GLOBAL ECONOMICS COURSE
CPO 4034 Politics of Developing Areas
OR
INR 3038 International Wealth and Power
1 GLOBAL GOVERNANCE COURSE
INR 3202 International Human Rights
OR
INR 4502 International Organizations

*It is recommended that students complete 2 of the INT Core courses such as INR 3011, INR 3038, CPO 4034, INR 3202, INR 4502 before taking INR 4083 Conflict in the World.

II. Area Study: 6 credits - Students must choose 2 upper level courses from the Government and International Affairs Department in Area and Regional Studies.
Area Study - Courses focusing on a particular geographic, national, ethnic, linguistic or cultural subdivision of the world; i.e. “The Middle East’, “Latin America”, “The European Union”, etc.
III. INT Major Electives: 18 credits
In addition to the above courses, student must enroll in 18 hours of International Studies elective courses. At least 9 of the 18 Elective hours must be from courses in the Government and International Affairs Department.  The remaining 9 may be chosen from upper level courses offered from other departments and disciplines so as those courses:

  1. Have adequate international or cross-cultural content.
  2. Are approved in advance by the Advisor

Full list of approved INT Major courses (see comprehensive list).

Modern Foreign Language Requirement:

(This is in addition to the 36 credits of International Studies courses)
International Studies Majors are required to choose one of the two following options in order to complete the Modern Foreign Language Requirement for the Major in International Studies:

  1. Western Language Using the Latin Alphabet Students must take and pass one course beyond the first year introductory courses. French, Italian, German, Modern Greek, Portuguese, or Spanish
  2. Western or Non-Western Languages NOT Using the Latin Alphabet Students must take and pass two consecutive semesters of one language. Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, or Russian

Fluency and Proficiency
Bilingual students or students with an advanced proficiency are exempt from the Modern Foreign Language Requirement only with proof of proficiency through the World Languages Education Department.

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International Studies Requirements

  International Studies MINOR Requirements Beginning Fall 2012-2013 Catalog Year

The Department of Government and International Affairs offers a minor in International Studies. A total of 18 hours is required for completion of the minor.

The minor consists of four required courses (INR3011, INR 4038, a Global Economics course (either INR 3038 or CPO 4034), and a Global Governance course (either INR 3102 or INR 4502) totaling 12 credit hours, and the selection of two upper level International Studies Elective Courses (6 hours) for a total of 18 semester hours. All International Studies Minor Electives must originate from the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF such as: (INT AFA, INT ASN, INT EUS, INT LAS, INT INR). (see comprehensive list).

**INR 1015 World Perspective, INR 2002 Intro to International Relations, CPO 2002 Intro to Comparative Politics, and INR 4943 INTERNSHIP hours DO NOT COUNT for the INT Minor.

In order to receive International Studies minor recognition, the student will need to list the minor upon completion on the graduation application.
Please declare your INT minor here.  

  International Studies Major Requirements PRIOR to Fall 2012 Catalog Year

A minimum of 36 semester hours are required of all undergraduate majors in International Studies including the following courses:

I. Required Core courses:  12 credits
INR 3011 Globalization
INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
INR 3038 International Wealth & Power
INR 4083 Conflict in the World
*At least 2 INT Core courses must be taken prior to INR 4083.

II. Area Study: 3 credits – course focusing on a particular geographic, national, ethnic, linguistic or cultural subdivision of the world.
III. Topical Study: 3 credits - course focusing on an international issue, theme or topic which reaches over geographic or national borders and affects the entire international system.
In addition to the above courses, student must enroll in 18 hours of International Studies elective courses (see comprehensive list).

Modern Foreign Language Requirement:

(This is in addition to the 36 credits of International Studies courses)

International Studies Majors are required to choose one of the two following options in order to complete the Modern Foreign Language Requirement for the Major in International Studies:

  1. Western Language Using the Latin Alphabet Students must take and pass one course beyond the first year introductory courses. French, Italian, German, Modern Greek, Portuguese, or Spanish
  2. Western or Non-Western Languages NOT Using the Latin Alphabet Students must take and pass two consecutive semesters of one language. Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, or Russian

Fluency and Proficiency
Bilingual students or students with an advanced proficiency are exempt from the Modern Foreign Language Requirement only with proof of proficiency through the World Languages Education Department.

Important PDFs

International Studies Requirements

  International Studies MINOR Requirements PRIOR to Fall Catalog 2012 Catalog Year

The Department of Government and International Affairs offers a minor in International Studies. A total of 18 hours is required for completion of the minor.

The minor consists of three required courses (INR3011, INR 3038 and 3102) totaling 9 credit hours, and the selection of three upper level International Studies Elective Courses (9 hours) for a total of 18 semester hours. All International Studies Minor Electives must originate from the Department of Government and International Affairs at USF such as: (INT AFA, INT ASN, INT EUS, INT LAS, INT INR). (see comprehensive list).

**INR 1015 World Perspective, INR 2002 Intro to International Studies, CPO 2002 Intro to Comparative Politics, and INR 4943 INTERNSHIP hours DO NOT COUNT for the INT Minor.

In order to receive International Studies minor recognition, the student will need to list the minor upon completion on the graduation application.
Please declare your INT minor here.  

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