Wilkes University

International Studies

Requirements

International Studies

Coordinator: Dr. Andreea Maierean

Total minimum number of credits required for a major in International Studies leading to the B.A. degree — 120
Total minimum number of credits required for a minor in International Studies - 18

The interdisciplinary major in International Studies (I.ST.) provides an excellent liberal arts preparation for a variety of careers and professions. The major is structured to permit concentration in fields leading to specific careers in business, government, international organizations, the military, or any technical or arts field. It is also structured to permit a period of study abroad with easy transfer of credits to the major.

International Studies Major

The total number of hours required for graduation with an International Studies major is 120, of which 45 are within the major. For the International Studies major, the following courses at the introductory level are required: History HST-101; Economics EC-101 - EC-102 ; Political Science PS-141, PS-151, PS-261 ; Anthropology ANT-102; Earth and Environmental Sciences EES-105*; International Studies IS-380; and Foreign Language (FL) at the 203-204 level of competency or equivalent.

Students are also required to take 15 content hours. Students will select three content areas and take a minimum of 6 hours within any two content areas. Nine (9) credits from the content areas must be at the 300-level or above. Specific courses contributing to one of these concentrations and the I.S. requirements will be worked out with the I.ST. coordinator and may include courses taken while studying abroad at another institution.

*Only EES 105, "The Global Environment," will count towards the I.S. major.

International Studies Major: Content Areas and Major Electives:

Content Area I: Political Science Credits

 Credits

PS-242

International Law and Organizations

3

PS-251

European Politics

3

PS-350

Comparative Politics

3

Content Area II: History

 

HST-328

History of the Foreign Policy of the U.S.

3

HST-341, HST-342

History of Great Britain

3

HST-342

The British Empire and Commonwealth

3

HST-345

History of Northeastern Europe

3

HST-346

History of the Balkans

3

HST-348

History of Russia

3

HST-356

Europe, 1900–1960

3

HST-357

The World Since 1945

3

HST-376

World War II

3

Content Area III: International Business and Economics

 

BA-358

International Business

3

Content Area IV: Anthropology

 

ANT-101

Introduction to Anthropology

3

ANT-211

Anthropology through Film

3

ANT-212

Peoples and Cultures of the World

3

Content Area V: Languages

 

ENG-233

Survey of British Literature I

3

ENG-234

Survey of British Literature II

3

ENG-350

Studies in the English Novel

3

ENG-353

Studies in Postcolonial Literature

3

ENG-370

Modern British Poetry

3

SP-205

Conversation

3

SP-206

Advanced Grammar, Stylistics, & Composition

3

SP-208

Culture and Civilization

3

SP-209

Latin American Culture & Civilization

3

SP-210

Spanish for Business

3

SP-211

Conversational Spanish for Health & Social Services

3

SP-212

Non-Literary Translation

3

SP-220

Spanish Listening & Comprehension

3

SP-301

Introduction to Latin American Culture

3

SP-307

Survey of Spanish Literature I

3

SP-308

Survey of Spanish Literature II

3

Content Area VI: Global Environmental Policy

 

EES-210

Global Climatic Change

3

EES-218

Environmental Ethics

3

EES-261

Regional Geography

3

Content Area VII: Intercultural Communication

 

COM-304

Intercultural Communication

3

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester Credits

 

Distribution Requirement*

3

ENG 101 Composition or

4

Distribution Requirement

3

EC 101 Principles of Economics I

3

FYF 101 First-Year Foundations

3

PS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

Total Credits

15-16

Second Semester

 

COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

EC 102 Principles of Economics II

3

ENG 101 Composition or

4

Distribution Requirement

3

HST 101 Historical Foundations of the Mod. World

3

PS 141 Introduction to International Relations

3

Total Credits

15-16

Third Semester

 

ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology

3

CS 115 Computers and Applications

3

Distribution Requirement

3

EES 105 Planet Earth

3

Foreign Language*

3

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

 

Content Hours

3

Distribution Requirements

6

ENG 120 Intro. to Literature and Culture

3

Foreign Language*

3

Total Credits

15

Fifth Semester

 

Study Abroad or Free Electives**

15

Total Credits

15

Sixth Semester

 

Study Abroad or Free Electives**

15

Total Credits

15

Seventh Semester

 

Content Hours

9

MTH 101 Solving Problems Using Mathematics

3

PS 261 - Research Methods in Political Science

3

Total Credits

15

Eighth Semester

 

Content Hours

3

Free Electives

8

IS 380 Senior Capstone

3

Total Credits

14

*These courses are required for all International Studies Majors.
**Students may elect to spend their junior year on campus. Courses will be selected in consultation with the International Studies Coordinator.


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