International Studies (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

Students desiring this major should declare their interest to the chairperson of one of the following departments:

  • Department of History and Geography;
  • Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Journalism; or
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion.

At that point each individual student will be assigned a faculty advisor in one of those departments. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to declare this major.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Core Requirements 1
GEO 100World Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Modern World History
Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present
Humanities: American Revolution to the Present
PSC 200International Politics3
or PSC 210 Comparative Political Systems
Select nine credit hours of courses 300 or higher in a single Foreign Language9
Focus Area
Select one of the following focus areas:12
Arts and Letters option 2
Social Sciences option 2
Business option
Electives
Select six credit hours from any IS-designated courses6
1

Students cannot double count core courses in focus areas or as electives in the major.

2

Students must complete nine hours of course work in a single prefix-designated area of study and 3 hours of course work in any other area of study included within the Focus area.

Focus Area

Arts and Letters Option

Focus Area Requirements
Upper-level course work selected from any IS-designated ART, ENG, HIS, HUM, MUS, PHL, or REL courses.12
Total Credit Hours12

Social Sciences Option

Focus Area Requirements
Twelve credit hours of upper-level course work selected from any IS-designated COM, ECO, GEO, PSC, PSY, or SOC courses.12
Total Credit Hours12

Business Option

Focus Area Requirements
Twelve credit hours of upper-level course work selected from any IS-designated ECO, FIN, GBA, MGT, or MKT courses. 12
Total Credit Hours12

International Studies (IS) Designated Courses

Art
ART 450Independent Research/Project3
ART 456Art in the Age of Modernity3
ART 457Art since 19453
Business
FIN 431International Financial Management3
GBA 370Global Viewpoint3
MGT 425International Management3
MKT 451International Marketing and Trade3
Cinema/Communications
CIN 100Introduction to Film3
COM 338Survey of Rhetorical Theory3
COM 342Intercultural Communication3
COM 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
Economics
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 376Economics of the Environment3
ECO 450Independent Research/Project 11-6
ECO 461International Trade3
ECO 462History of Economic Thought3
ECO 463Comparative Economic Systems3
English
ENG 354Literature in English: 1800-18603
ENG 355Literature in English: 1860-19453
ENG 357Literature in English : 1945-Present3
ENG 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
French
FRE 206Summer Study/Travel Program in France: Field Work in Paris and Surrounding Area1-4
FRE 207Summer Study/Travel Program in a French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French3
FRE 211French for the Professional3
FRE 302Written Expression and Translation3
FRE 306Summer Study/Travel Program in France: Field Work in Paris and Surrounding Area1-4
FRE 307Summer Study/Travel Program in French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French3
FRE 310Readings in Francophone Culture and Civilization3
FRE 312Conversation and Diction3
FRE 316Internship in French2-6
FRE 322Contemporary French Society3
FRE 340Extended Study Abroad3-15
FRE 403Advanced Business French3
FRE 422Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature I3
FRE 432Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature II3
FRE 442Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature III3
FRE 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
FRE 452Advanced Oral Communication in a Professional Environment3
Geography
GEO 100World Geography3
GEO 250Introduction to GIS4
GEO 320Geography of Europe3
GEO 330Globalization, Labor, and Resources3
GEO 340Sustainable Energy3
GEO 450Independent Research/Project 11-4
German
GER 211German for the Professional3
GER 300Topics in German3
GER 302Advanced German Grammar3
GER 316Internship in German2-6
GER 322Advanced German Culture3
GER 340Extended Study Abroad3-15
GER 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
History
HIS 120Modern World History3
HIS 230Modern Europe: 1789 to the Present3
HIS 320English History since 16883
HIS 336The Crusades3
HIS 339Europe 1815-19143
HIS 340Recent European History3
HIS 350History of the Far East3
HIS 370History of Latin America3
HIS 380The French Revolution and Napoleon3
HIS 420History of Africa3
HIS 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
Humanities
HUM 203Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
HUM 204Humanities: Middle Ages to the French Revolution3
HUM 205Humanities: American Revolution to the Present3
HUM 360Selected Readings in the Humanities3
HUM 450Independent Research/Project 11-3
Music
MUS 310History of Music: Ancient to Baroque2
MUS 311History of Music: Classical to Modern2
MUS 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
Philosophy
PHL 310Political Theory3
PHL 312Contemporary Political Philosophy3
PHL 325Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy3
PHL 450Independent Research/Project 11-3
Political Science
PSC 200International Politics3
PSC 210Comparative Political Systems3
PSC 310Political Theory3
PSC 312Contemporary Political Philosophy3
PSC 340Latin American Political Systems3
PSC 380Asian Politics3
PSC 390International Organizations3
PSC 400American Foreign Policy3
PSC 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
Psychology
PSY 260Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSY 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
PSY 460Study Away in Psychology1-6
Religion
REL 250Religions of East Asia and Oceania3
REL 251Religions of the West3
REL 252Religions of South Asia and Africa3
REL 360Selected Topics in Religion3
REL 450Independent Research/Project 11-3
Sociology
SOC 315Social Inequality and Stratification: Class, Power and Wealth3
SOC 400Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOC 450Independent Research/Project 11-3
Spanish
SPA 211Spanish for the Professional3
SPA 248Preparatory Course for Interim Program Spanish Studies Abroad2
SPA 250Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish3
SPA 302Grammar and Composition3
SPA 310Spanish Readings3
SPA 312Conversation3
SPA 316Internship in Spanish2-6
SPA 322Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture3
SPA 332Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture II3
SPA 340Extended Study Abroad3-15
SPA 348Preparatory Course for Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad2
SPA 350Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish3
SPA 422The Literature of Spain3
SPA 432Selected Studies in Literature in Spanish3
SPA 442Topics in Spanish3
SPA 450Independent Research/Project 11-5
SPA 452Advanced Conversation3
1

450 Independent Research/Project courses in each of the above disciplines may be acceptable either as focus courses or electives as long as they emphasize international issues.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.00 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.