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International Studies (BA) - Global Health Concentration

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area. 

Requirements For A Major In International Studies

Students majoring in International Studies should complete 18 credit hours of core courses, one of six concentrations (24 credit hours), and a pre-professional program or traditional minor in a complementary subject. IS majors must also take GEO 114 and HY 102 as part of their general education requirements, since these courses are prerequisites for upper-division courses in the major. 

Requirements Course Title Credit Hours
Core Courses (Required of all majors)    18
IS 100 Global Issues  
PSC 250 Comparative Politics  
PSC 270 International Relations  
GEO 312 World Economic Geography   
PHL/REL 352 World Religions  
IS 495 Senior Seminar (W)  
Global Health    24
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, or LG 271 and LG 272), LGS 206 and LGS 207, LGS 241 and LGS 242, or LGS 201 and LGS 202).
GEO 417 Health and Place
PHL 333 Biomedical Ethics
EDF 320 Comparative and International Gender and Family

*9 hours of electives from among the following: EDF 310, GEO 370, IS 492, IS 496, LG 337, PHL 327, PSC 481, PSY 340, PSY 480, SY 459; or any approved Special Topics course or Directed Studies focusing on global health. 

*Students selecting the pre-professional program in Language should take an additional six hours of 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 GEO 114 and HY 102 as partial fulfillment of Area IV General Education requirements.

Pre-professional Program

Students should complete either one of the three pre-professional programs outlined below (international business, a language specialization, or a personalized pre-professional program) or have a traditional minor. Students with a double major are not required to have a pre-professional program or a minor. 

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 310, 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 Pre-professional Program (21 hrs)

The Personalized Pre-professional 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 pre-professional 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.

International Studies Staff    
(251) 460-6746
Director Dr. Christine Rinne (Europe)
Faculty Affiliates

Ms. Kristy Britt, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Claire Cage, History (Europe, Global Health)
Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury, Physics (Asia)
Dr. Laureen Fregeau, Education (Latin America, Global Health)
Dr. Nicholas Gossett, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (International Relations, Europe)
Dr. Philip Habel, Political Science (Europe, Latin America)
Dr. Delwar Hossain, Communication (Asia)
Dr. Zohair Husain, Political Science (Asia, International Relations, Middle East))
Dr. Zoya Khan, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Mara Kozelsky, History (Asia, Europe)
Dr. Scott Liebertz, Political Science and Criminal Justice (Latin America)
Dr. Christina Lindeman, Visual Arts (Europe)
Dr. Eric Loomis, Philosophy (Asia)
Dr. Mihaela Marin, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Susan McCready, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. David Meola, History (Europe)
Dr. David Messenger, History  (Europe)
Dr. Harrison Miller, History (Asia)
Dr. Hosik Min, Sociology (Asia)
Dr. Mark Moberg, Anthropology (Latin America)
Dr. Frances Mujica, Geography (Latin America, Global Health)
Dr. Matthew Pettway, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Ms. Terri Rice, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Harry Roddy, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Roy Ryder, Geography (Latin America)
Dr. Alex Sharland, Marketing (International Business)
Dr. Thomas Shaw, Political Science and Criminal Justice (Global Health)
Dr. Michele Strong, History (Europe)
Dr. James Swofford, Economics (International Business)
Dr. Eleanor ter Horst, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Europe)
Dr. Kevin Tsai, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Asia)
Dr. Kelly Urban, History (Latin America, Global Health)
Dr. Brian Whitener, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (Latin America)
Dr. Rebecca Williams, History (Asia, Middle East) 

International Studies website

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 modern and classical languages and literature, 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.