Those enrolled in this major may have a variety of interests including public service careers that deal with international affairs, the legal profession--especially international law--teaching in high schools and universities, the military, FBI, CIA, graduate school, and political advocacy. Beyond the college requirements, coursework for this major typically includes anthropology, economics, geography, history, languages, political science, and religious studies.

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Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Special Opportunities

Students are encouraged to study abroad while fulfilling the requirements of the international studies program. For more information, contact the Capstone International Center.

Students earning the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in International Studies must complete all University, college and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses
ANT 102Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
EC 111 or Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 113 Honors Prin of Macroeconomics
GY 105World Regional Geography3
HY 102 or Western Civ Since 16483
HY 106 Honors West Civ Sc 1648
PSC 204International Relations3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Field Requirement
Select six hours among the fields at 300 or 400 level6
Select six hours among the fields6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Focused Areas of Study
Select three hours at the 300 or 400 level3
Select six hours among the concentration areas6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Hours36

Fields

Students must earn a minimum of 12 hours chosen from one of the following Fields.  A maximum of 6 hours can be in a single department and a minimum of 6 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major (Field and Focused Area of Study) must be earned on this campus (in residence). Courses that focus primarily on art, film, folklore, language instruction, literature, music, or philosophy will not be counted towards the Field. With the approval of the program director courses not listed here – including Special Topics courses - can sometimes be counted. Such courses must be international in focus and cannot concentrate entirely upon one country or region. Students must consult the program director prior to registering for study abroad, internship, or independent study courses if the student expects these courses to count towards the degree.     

Field 1: International Relations

Code and Title Hours
ANT 210Language and Culture3
ANT 275Race, Ethnicity, & Human Var.3
ANT 319Ancient New World Civilization3
ANT 402Health and Inequalities3
ANT 405Culture, Mind, and Behavior3
ANT 421Ethnography3
ANT 440Culture3
CIP 200Global & Cultural Perspectives3
CIP 202Global&Cultural Persp: ExpLrng3
CJ 422Terrorism3
CL 300History of the Early Church3
GY 377Cultural Geography3
GY 453Environment & Society3
HY 325Us-World Power to 18983
HY 326Us-World Power sc 18983
HY 357World War I3
HY 358World War II3
HY 368Caribbean History Since 14923
HY 370A history of the Atlantic World, 1400-18003
HY 388The Crusades3
HY 480Survey of Military History3
HY 481War/Dipl. in Med & Mod. Europe3
HY 482War & Religion in the West3
HY 483Thirty Years' War3
PSC 203Comparative Politics3
PSC 330Democratization3
PSC 331Politics of Developing Nations3
PSC 340Civil Wars3
PSC 344The Israel-Palestine Conflict3
PSC 413Amer Foreign Policy3
PSC 414Foreign Policy Decisionmaking3
PSC 434Internatl Polit Econom3
PSC 435War And Peace3
PSC 441Terrorism and Political Islam3
PSC 442Internatl Conflict3
PSC 443Comparative Pub Policy3
PSC 446Political Economy of Security3
PSC 449IR of the Middle East3
REL 102Religions of World3
REL 106Intro to Ancient Religions3
REL 209Buddhism3
REL 223Holocaust Historical Perspecti3
REL 224Judaism3
REL 226African Diaspora Religions3
REL 236Islam3
REL 238Philosophies Of Judaism3
REL 336Islam and the West3
REL 371Adv St Religion and Conflict3
REL 410Religion and Genocide3
REL 436Making Islam3
REL 440Theories of Religion3
SW 419International Social Work3

Field 2: International Business 

Code and Title Hours
EC 430International Trade3
FI 431International Finance3
IBA 250Context of Global Business3
IBA 350Introduction to World Business3
IBA 351Multinat'l Bus. Communication3
IBA 352Honors Intro to World Business3
IBA 455Global Marketing3
IBA 460Export/Import Management3
MKT 300Marketing3
PSC 434Internatl Polit Econom3

Field 3: Peace and Conflict Studies

Code and Title Hours
CJ 422Terrorism3
HY 341Hy US - Vietnam War3
HY 357World War I3
HY 358World War II3
HY 388The Crusades3
HY 480Survey of Military History3
HY 481War/Dipl. in Med & Mod. Europe3
HY 482War & Religion in the West3
HY 483Thirty Years' War3
PSC 340Civil Wars3
PSC 344The Israel-Palestine Conflict3
PSC 414Foreign Policy Decisionmaking3
PSC 435War And Peace3
PSC 441Terrorism and Political Islam3
PSC 442Internatl Conflict3
PSC 446Political Economy of Security3
REL 410Religion and Genocide3

Focused Areas of Study

Students must earn a minimum of 9 hours chosen from one of the following Focused Areas of Study (or Methods Area of Study for students selecting the Peace and Conflict Studies Field).  A maximum of 6 hours can be in a single department. A minimum of 3 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. Note that a minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major (Field and Focused Area of Study) must be earned on this campus (in residence). Courses that focus primarily on art, film, folklore, language instruction, literature, music, or philosophy will not be counted towards the Focused Area of Study. With the approval of the program director courses not listed here – including Special Topics courses - can sometimes be counted. Such courses must be international in focus and must concentrate upon one country or region. Students must consult the program director prior to registering for study abroad, internship, or study abroad courses if the student expects these courses to count towards the degree.  RUS 401, 402, and 406 (Readings courses) must conform to the guidelines above and be pre-approved by the program director. 

Focused Area of Study 1: Asia

Code and Title Hours
ANT 217Peoples of Asia3
HY 113Asian Civilization to 14003
HY 114Modern Asia since 14003
HY 338Contemporary China 1921-20003
HY 341Hy US - Vietnam War3
HY 404Modern China since 16003
REL 220Survey Of Asian Religion3
REL 321Rel & Ident in South Asia3
Language minor: Chinese or Japanese

Focused Area of Study 2: Latin America

Code and Title Hours
ANT 261South American Archaeology3
ANT 319Ancient New World Civilization3
ANT 409Ancient Maya Civilization3
ANT 413Peoples of Latin Amer3
ANT 462Ancient Andean Civilizations3
GY 345Geography of Latin America3
HY 111Colonial Latin America3
HY 112Modern Latin Am Since 18083
HY 368Caribbean History Since 14923
HY 370A history of the Atlantic World, 1400-18003
HY 371History of Brazil3
HY 373Enviro History of Americas3
HY 378Drugs, Booze, and Mexican Society3
HY 379History of Modern Argentina3
HY 473Indians, Nuns, & Rogues3
HY 474Relation US Latin Amer3
HY 475Caribbean Basin 1492 - Present3
HY 477Imperial Spain's "Golden Age"3
LAS 401LACLS Seminar3
PSC 332Politics of Latin America3
Language minor: Spanish

Focused Area of Study 3: Middle East and Africa

Code and Title Hours
GY 344Geography Of Africa3
GY 444Field Studies In Africa6
HY 384Ancient Egypt Near East3
HY 388The Crusades3
PSC 337Politics of the Middle East3
PSC 344The Israel-Palestine Conflict3
PSC 441Terrorism and Political Islam3
REL 224Judaism3
REL 236Islam3
REL 336Islam and the West3
REL 436Making Islam3
Language minor: French or student-designed minor in Arabic language and culture

Focused Area of Study 4: Russia and Eastern Europe

Code and Title Hours
HY 361Russia to 18943
HY 362Russia-Soviet Union since 18943
HY 457The Russian Revolution3
REL 223Holocaust Historical Perspecti3
RUS 325Dostoevsky3
RUS 326Tolstoy3
RUS 401Directed Readings1 to 3
RUS 402Directed Readings1 to 3
RUS 426Readings in Russian History3
Language minor: Russian.

Focused Area of Study 5: Western Europe 

Code and Title Hours
ANT 412Peoples of Europe3
CL 333Greek Civilization3-6
CL 350Roman Religion3
CL 385History Of Greece3
CL 386History Of Rome3
GN 371Gn Cult Civil Thru 18323
GN 372Germn Cult Civ 1832-Present3
GY 346Geography of Europe3
HY 305Topics in European History3
HY 346Epidemics! A History of Medicine3
HY 349History of France 1760-present3
HY 355German History Sc 17403
HY 356Holocaust: History, Memory3
HY 357World War I3
HY 358World War II3
HY 365European Consumer Society3
HY 366Modern Britain, 1700-20153
HY 367Honors Mod Britain, 1700-20153
HY 382Early Modern Britain3
HY 383Honors Early Modern Britain3
HY 385History Of Greece3
HY 386History Of Rome3
HY 388The Crusades3
HY 391Medieval Britain3
HY 392Honors Medieval Britain3
HY 442The Middle Ages3
HY 443Renaissance3
HY 444Reform & Counter-Reformation3
HY 446Age of Reason 1715-893
HY 448Women in Europe since 17503
HY 481War/Dipl. in Med & Mod. Europe3
HY 482War & Religion in the West3
HY 483Thirty Years' War3
HY 490England under Tudors3
HY 491England under Stuarts3
HY 494Britain in the Victorian Age3
HY 495Honors Britain Victorian Age3
PSC 334Government Politics West Europ3
REL 223Holocaust Historical Perspecti3
Language minor: French, German, Italian, or Spanish

Focused Area of Study 6: Methods (this option is only available for students choosing the Peace and Conflict Studies Field)

Code and Title Hours
EC 471Econometrics3
HY 430UG Research Seminar3
PSC 202Political Science Methods3
ST 260Statistical Data Analysis3
ST 450Stat Methods in Research I3
ST 451Stat Methods in Research II3
Language minor: Any foreign language minor

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major (Field and Focused Area of Study) must be earned on this campus. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must also be earned on this campus. 

Ancillary Courses

This major does not require ancillary courses. However, courses in the Field and Focused area of Study requirements may have prerequisites.

Required Minor

Students must minor in a foreign language that is spoken in a region of the world the student has selected for the Focused Area of Study requirement. A minor in any language will meet this requirement for students who have selected the Peace and Conflict Studies Field. Students who are fluent in a second language may opt out of the language minor if their second language is widely spoken in the selected Area of Focus.  Students who opt out of the language minor will replace it with a minor relevant to the selected Focused Area of Study. 

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. It is strongly recommended students also be regularly advised in their minor department. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

This degree can lead to opportunities with investigative, intelligence, and diplomatic agencies. Some graduates go on to law or graduate school or international business. 

Types of Jobs Accepted: Graduate school, military, business