International Studies, B.A.
The major in international studies provides an interdisciplinary perspective on global politics, economics, cultures and history. International studies majors acquire twenty-first-century analytical skills and knowledge that will enable them to understand and contribute to shaping the rapidly evolving global community. The degree in international studies prepares students for careers in a variety of fields such as international public policy, international business and finance, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academic research and teaching.
Requirements for the major include a core set of courses: Introduction to Global Studies, Global Cultures and Society, Global Political Ideologies, Global Political Economy, Human Rights and Global Governance, and Global Environmental Issues. Also required is an additional lower-division social science course, and the Global and International Studies Forum. Students also choose both a geographic focus and a global focus to enable them to broaden and deepen areas of knowledge and topics of particular interest. The final requirements are competence in a language other than English and an international experience or approved internship.
All students must meet the University Requirements.
All students must meet the School Requirements.
Requirements for the Major
All International Studies majors must complete a minimum of 16 courses for a letter grade, with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
|INTL ST 1||Introduction to Global Studies|
|B. Select four from the following:|
|Global Cultures and Society|
|Global Political Ideologies|
|Global Political Economy|
|Human Rights and Global Governance|
|Global Environmental Issues|
|C. Select one from the following:|
|Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology|
|World: Empires and Revolutions|
|World: Nation, War, and Rights|
|Introduction to International Relations|
|Introduction to Politics Around the World|
|US & World Geography|
|Globalization and Transnational Sociology|
|D. Competency in a language other than English. 1|
|E. Geographic Focus: Select two upper-division courses in any one geographic area. 2|
|F. Global Focus: Select five upper-division courses. At least two courses must be from Module A. 2|
|Global Social Movements|
|Global Cities and Slums|
|Global Refugees and Stateless People|
|Case Studies in Global and Planetary Health|
|Global Gender and Sexuality|
|Global Political Ecology|
|Global Food Environment|
|Racism and Global Apartheid|
For a quarterly list of approved upper-division courses, please visit the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office: https://www.undergrad.socsci.uci.edu/policies/index.php
|G. Two quarters of INTL ST 183A, one quarter of which must be taken during the junior or senior year as a capstone experience.|
|H. At least one quarter of international experience. 3|
Competency is established by college-level course work equivalent to UCI's fifth quarter of study (usually 2B).
Visit the Global and International Studies website for a list of approved courses. Although some courses are listed in more than one focus, students may not double count a course for both their geographic and global focus areas. Study abroad counts as one course in the geographic focus.
Majors are encouraged to study abroad through the University’s Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) or the Independent Programs, which are available for periods of a quarter, year, or summer. When this is not possible, work overseas (through Independent Programs) or a domestic internship with the UCDC Internship Program, the UCI Washington D.C. Academic Internship Program, or Social Science Internship Program (SOC SCI 197) with an international focus may be substituted. Study abroad counts as one course in the regional focus.
The Honors Program allows International Studies majors to engage in research leading to the completion of an honors thesis. The topic for the honors thesis is selected by the student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, and should reflect a theme consistent with the student’s module in the International Studies major.
The honors program is open to all junior and senior International Studies majors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 GPA in the major.
During the spring quarter of the junior year or during the summer before the senior year, students formally apply to the honors program. Students will be notified of their selection to the honors program by September 1. In the fall quarter, students enroll in International Studies INTL ST H180, Honors Research Seminar. In this course, each student formulates a written research plan (i.e., prospectus) for the honors thesis. Students also select a faculty member who agrees to supervise the research, evaluate the written work, and approve the honors thesis. In the winter quarter, students enroll in International Studies INTL ST H190, Honors Thesis, with their faculty advisor. The faculty advisor supervises and evaluates data collection and analysis and reads and edits chapter drafts. In the spring quarter, students enroll in a second quarter of INTL ST H190, Honors Thesis, with their faculty advisor. The thesis is to be completed by the student and approved by the advisor prior to the end of the quarter.
Honors students must also demonstrate a high level of language proficiency by completing two courses beyond the 2A level in language, literature, or culture taught in their chosen international language.
International Studies majors are also required to pursue some form of international experience, as explained in major requirement H.
The National Honor Society in International Studies was established in 1985, and welcomed the University of California, Irvine, designated Gamma Gamma, as a new chapter on November 30, 2006. The Gamma Gamma Chapter was established primarily as a means by which to honor those students who have excelled academically and to foster integrity and creative performance in the understanding of world affairs.
For more information, call the Department of Global and International Studies office at 949-824-0151.