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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
 
Director: Susan McCready (251) 461-1456
Faculty Affiliates:
Ms. Kristy Britt, Foreign Languages (Latin America)
Dr. Isabel Z. Brown, Foreign Languages (Latin America)
Dr. Claire Cage, History (Europe)
Dr. Erwei Dong, Leisure Studies (Asia)
Dr. Nader Entessar, Political Science (International Relations, Middle East)
Dr. Elwood Hannum, History (Europe)
Dr. Robert Houston, History (International Relations)
Dr. Zohair Husain, Political Science (Asia, International Relations, Middle East)
Dr. Zoya Khan, Foreign Languages (Latin America)
Dr. Mara Kozelsky, History (Asia, Europe)
Dr. Konrad Kressley, Political Science (Europe)
Dr. Christine Lindeman,Visual Arts (Europe)
Dr. Eric Loomis, Philosophy (Asia)
Dr. Mihaela Marin, Foreign Languages (Europe)
Dr. Mark Moberg, Anthropology (Latin America)
Dr. Genevra Murray, Anthropology (Asia and IR)
Dr. Mollie Nouwen, History (Latin America)
Dr. Roberto Robles- Valencia, Foreign Languages (Europe)
Dr. Harry Roddy, Foreign Languages (Europe)
Dr. Christine Rinne-Eaton, Foreign Languages (Europe)
Dr. Victoria Rivizzigno, Geography (International Relations)
Dr. Daniel Rogers, History (Europe)
Dr. Roy Ryder, Geography (Latin America)
Dr. Alex Sharland, Marketing (International Business)
Dr. Michele Strong, History (Europe)
Dr. James Swofford, Economics (International Economics)
Ms. Terri Rice, Foreign Languages (Latin America)
Dr. Rebecca Williams, History (Asia, Middle East)
 
International Studies web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/internationalstudies/
 
The International Studies major is a rigorous interdisciplinary program designed for students who wish to build a solid foundation for a career in international affairs. The program combines language fluency, international/ area studies, and international business, and, as such, fulfills the requirements for both the major and minor. The faculty directing the major is drawn mostly from the departments of foreign languages and literatures, geography, history, philosophy, political science, sociology and anthropology.
 

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. GEO 312 will satisfy the technology requirement for International Studies majors.

 
USA EDUCATION/STUDY ABROAD
Students in International Studies are strongly encouraged to incorporate international experiences as part of their academic activities. Study, research, and internships as well as service learning and community service abroad are available options. For more information contact the IS Office and/or the USA Office of International Education.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Students majoring in International Studies should complete the 15 hours of core courses, one of five tracks of study, and a pre-professional program. The pre-professional program takes the place of a traditional minor. IS majors must also take AN 100, GEO 114 and HY 102 as part of their general education requirements since these courses are prerequisites for upper division courses in the major.
 
CORE COURSES
(Required of all majors) (15 hrs)

- IS 100 Global Issues
PSC 250 Comparative Politics
PSC 270 International Relation
GEO 312 World Economic Geography (W)
IS 495 Senior Research Seminar*
*All IS majors must take this research seminar in their senior year. Students can opt to do a study abroad research project in place of the seminar.

 
AREA CONCENTRATIONS (24 hrs)
(majors must complete one of the following tracks of study)
 
Asian Studies (24 hrs)

6 hours of Asian Language at the 200 level (LGS 201, LGS 206, LGS 221)
HY 104 Asian Civilization since 1800
3 hours 300-400 level course on Asian history (HY 367(W), HY 368, HY 461)
3 hours in Asian Philosophy (PHL 354, PHL 355)
PSC 368 Politics of South Asia (W)
6 hours of electives from among the following: HY 367, HY 368, HY 461 (not taken above); PHL 354, PHL 355 (not taken above); PSC 365 (W); IS 492, IS 496; or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on contemporary Asia or Asian country.

European Studies (24 hrs)

Six hours of a European language at the 200
level* (LG 211 and LG 212, LG 231 and LG 232, LG 241, LG 242, LG 251 and LG 252, or LG 271 and LG 272)
GEO 314 Geography of Europe
HY 357 Europe since 1918
PSC 360 Politics of Europe
9 hours of electives from among the following: any 300-400 level course in European language or literature (if not in language pre-professional or double major program); EH 216, EH 349; HY 246, HY 333, HY 334, HY 335, HY 336, HY 337, HY 338, HY 347, HY 348, HY 457; PSC 313; IS 492, IS 496; or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on contemporary Europe or European country.
*Students selecting the pre-professional program in Language should take an additional six hours of non-language electives.

 
International Relations (24 hrs)
Six hours of a foreign language at the 200 level* (LG 211 and LG 212, LG 231 and LG 232, LG 251 and LG 252, LG 271 and LG 272, LGS 206 and LGS 207, LGS 221 and LGS 222, LGS 241 and LGS 242, or LGS 201 and LGS 202)
PSC 251 World Leaders
PSC 372 American Foreign Policy
IS 492 Seminar 9 hours of electives from among the following: ECO 330, ECO 363 (if not taken as part of a pre-professional program), ECO 371; HY 303, HY 305,
HY 405; PSC 313, PSC 365 (W), PSC 470, PSC 484; IS 473, IS 475, IS 492 (when content varies), IS 496; or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on International Relations.
*Students selecting the pre-professional program in Language should take an six hours of electives.

 
International Political Economy
See International Business/International Studies Double Major below.
 
Middle East Studies (24 hrs)

Six hours 200 level Arabic language
HY 365 History of Islamic Civilization from 1453
PSC 365 Politics of the Middle East
PSC 452 Muslim World
9 hours of electives: HY 364, HY 465, IS 492, IS 496 or any approved Special Topics course of Directed Studies focusing on contemporary Middle East or Middle Eastern country.

 
Latin-American Studies (24 hrs)

Six hours of Spanish at the 200 level*
AN 347 Latin American Cultures and Societies
GEO 315 Geography of Latin American
HY 228 Latin America PSC 363 Politics of Latin America
6 hours of electives from among the following: any 300-400 level course in Spanish language or literature (if not in language pre-professional or double major program); HY 321, HY 323, HY 325, HY 326, HY 429; PSC 450 (appropriate content), PSC 470 (appropriate content); or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on contemporary Latin America or Latin American country.
*Students selecting the pre-professional program in Language should take an additional six hours of non-language electives.

 
General Education Requirements for International Studies Majors:
 
Areas I, II, and III of the General Education Requirements for International Studies are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Intermediate level language courses required for the major also help fulfill general requirements under Area II. International Studies majors must take AN 100, GEO 114 and HY 102 as partial fulfillment of Area IV General Education requirements.
 
PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Students should complete one of the following programs to help prepare them for a career in international business or international affairs. The pre-professional course of study takes the place of a traditional minor. Students taking a double major are not required to take the pre-professional program.
 
International Business (21 hrs)
The International Business option provides students with a basic foundation in business and best equips the student to enter the field of international business or related areas upon graduation.
  • ECO 330 Global Economic Issues or
    ECO 363 International Economics
  • MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
  • MKT 374 Consumer Behavior
  • MKT 380 Integrated Market
  • 9 hrs electives from the following: FIN 332; MGT 334; MGT 465; MKT 336; MKT 384; MKT 390; MKT 477; MKT 492; IS 496; IS 475
Language Specialization (21 hrs)
The Language Concentration option allows students to acquire a professional level of fluency in a foreign language as a complement to their international studies training. The requirements are 21 hours of study in a selected foreign language. Students wishing to concentrate in language should consider the FL/IS double major described below. Note: This option may not be available for all languages.
 
Personalized Preprofessional Program (21 hrs)
The Personalized Preprofessional Program is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate study and need a special program tailored to the needs of their expected graduate area. A preprofessional program consisting of a minimum of 21 semester hours including at least one upper-level seminar, directed studies, or internship. Proposals for a personalized program, drawn up by the student in consultation with his or her advisor, must be submitted for approval to the Program Director and the Dean of Arts and Sciences before the first semester of the student's junior year.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DOUBLE MAJOR
This program allows students to maximize their international training and experience. In addition to completing the 39 hours requirements for the International Studies major, the student will complete the program of study set out by the Department of Foreign languages. This option allows the student to develop language skills well beyond the pre-professional component of the program. Moreover, Foreign Language majors enjoy additional and special opportunities to participate in study abroad programs.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS / INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DOUBLE MAJOR
A joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Mitchell College of Business, this program maximizes a student's preparation for a career in international business or for advanced study in business. In addition to completing the IS core, students take a special area concentration in International Political Economy and complete all of the required courses for a degree in International Business. The program requires a total of 140 credit hours and meets the requirements of both colleges. Students must designate either International Studies or International Business as their primary major and receive the degree from the college of the primary major. Interested students should consult the program director for advisement.
 
General Education Requirements
  • EH 101, EH 102
  • CA 110
  • 6 hours Foreign Language (100 level)
  • 3 hours Fine Arts
  • 6 hour sequence in Literature
  • MA 120 (prerequisite MA 112)
  • 8 hours Natural Science with Lab
  • AN 100, GEO 114, HY 102
  • BUS 101 (3 credit hours) or CAS 100 (2 credit hours)
 
Business Core
  • ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II
  • BUS 150 Introduction to Business
  • BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
  • BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II
  • CIS 250 Advanced Computer Applications (prerequisite CIS 150)
  • ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • BUS 305 Information Systems and Technology
  • FIN 315 Business Finance
  • MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice
  • MGT 305 Organizational Communication (W)
  • BUS 265 Legal Environment of Business I
  • MGT 325 Operations Management
  • MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 485 Business Policy in a Global Economy (W)
  • MGT 486 Undergraduate Comp Exam (corequisite MGT 485)
 
International Studies Core
  • IS 100 Global Issues
  • PSC 250 Comparative Politics
  • PSC 270 International Relations
  • GEO 312 World Economic Geography (W)
  • IS 495 Senior Research Seminar
 
Area Concentration: International Political Economy
  • 6 hours 200 level LG or LGS
  • 1 of the following: ECO 321 Econ Systems or ECO 371 Econ Development
    (if transfer student, both courses required)
  • FIN 332 Multinational Finance
  • IS 475 International Political Economy
 
International Business - Marketing Concentration
  • ECO 330 Global Economic Issues
  • ECO 363 International Economics
  • MGT 334 International Management
  • MKT 336 International Marketing
  • MKT 374 Buyer Behavior
  • MKT 384 Market Research
  • MKT 477 Export-Import
  • MKT 479 Marketing Policy
  • MKT 492 Seminar: International Business
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
A minimum of 21 hours, including at least 9 hours at the 300-400 level. Students must complete: IS 100, PSC 250, PSC 270, GEO 312 and 9 hours from the following: AN 347; GEO 314, 315, 316; HY 104, 228, 246, 303, 321, 323, 325, 326, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 347, 348, 356, 357, 362, 367, 368, 405, 429, 457, 461; IS 490, 492, 495; LG 200 or higher; PHL 354, 355; PSC 251, 360, 363, 364, 365, 368, 372, 450, 452, 470, 473, 475, 490 (appropriate area) or any IS-related course (upon approval of the Director).
 
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (IS) COURSES
 
College of Arts and Sciences
 

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