Dr. Len Robinson, Program Coordinator
Advisement for the major is available from the Political Science Department
International Studies, B.A. Curriculum Guide (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)
- Complete a three-course interdisciplinary core requirement.
- Complete seven electives from at least three different disciplines; five of the electives must be at the 300/400-level.
- All courses in the major must be completed with grades of C or better.
Foreign Academic Experience
Students must take a minimum of three credits of foreign academic experience approved by the international studies advisor. Students must spend a minimum of three weeks abroad in the foreign academic experience. The credits may be from internships at foreign institutions, academic study for credit at foreign institutions, academic courses offered by SU at foreign locations, or travel abroad courses based at SU or other universities. Travel abroad courses at SU include, but are not limited to, ACCT 430 : Accounting in its Global Setting, ART 399 - International Field Study , BUAD 386 - Business in Its Global Setting , COMM 399 - International Studies in Communication ; ENGL 399 - International Studies in Literature , ENVR 495 - Environmental Field Studies ; GEOG 399 - International Field Study , HIST 399 - International Field Study , MDFL 399 - International Field Study or POSC 390 - International Field Study .
Students must demonstrate mid-level proficiency in a non-English language by completing a 202-level language course with a grade of C or better or by scoring above 202-level on a placement test.
In order to graduate, the graduating senior students must submit the graduation portfolio to the director of the major program by the third week of their final semester. This portfolio will consist of:
- A curriculum vitae.
- An essay that identifies the courses taken to meet the major requirements, describes the academic challenges encountered by the student within the major as well as their academic achievements within the major, describes the student’s study abroad experience and its contribution to their personal and academic growth, and explains the student’s future goals and how the student expects the major to help them achieve those goals.
- A research paper written for POSC 210 - Introduction to International Relations and a research paper from the most recent 400-level course in the area of the student’s focus. If possible, these papers should be deposited by the student in their portfolio at the end of the semester in which they took the course.
Research Course Requirement
Majoring students must take a research methodology course from a related discipline and get a C or better grade.
This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.