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Lower-Division Requirements for the B.A. in International Studies

The College of Liberal Arts sets general education requirements that every student in the College must meet in order to graduate.  The list below shows those requirements as adapted for students in the Croft Institute for International Studies who expect to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the International Studies major.

A.  Writing and Literature (12 credit hours)

Writing (6 credit hours)

Approved courses for the English requirements are:

Writing (one from each line): 
Writ 101 (First-Year Writing I)
Writ 102 (First-Year Writing II) or Liba 102 (First Year Seminar)

Honors College students are required to take Hon 101 and Hon 102.

Literature (6 credit hours)

Literature (any two of the following):

Engl 221 (Survey of World Literature to 1650)
Engl 222 (Survey of World Literature since 1650)
Engl 223 (Survey of American Literature to the Civil War)
Engl 224 (Survey of American Literature since the Civil War)
Engl 225 (Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century)
Engl 226 (Survey of British Literature since the Romantic Period)

B.  Foreign Language

International Studies majors are required to take a course in their chosen foreign language every semester they are enrolled. Exceptions are made only for native speakers of a language other than English.  Students with an East Asian regional concentration may choose either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.  Those concentrating on Europe may choose French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish.  Students focusing on Latin America may choose between Spanish or Portuguese, and those studying the Middle East must study Arabic.

C.  History (6 credit hours)

Any history course satisfies this requirement.   International Studies majors typically fulfill this requirement with upper-division history courses that are approved for their regional concentration in the major. 

Students who are not confident about their background in modern history are encouraged to take His 102 (History of Europe since 1648) in their freshman year.

D.  Other Humanities (3 credit hours)

Approved humanities courses are:

Any African American Studies (AAS) course
Any non-language Classics (Clc) course
Any Gender Studies (Gst) course not cross-listed with a social science course, for example 103, 201, 311, 333, or 390
Any Philosophy (Phil) or Religion (Rel) course
Southern Studies (Sst) 101 or 102
Honors (Hon) 101 or 102 (if not used to fulfill the writing requirements)

E.  Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Approved fine arts courses are:

Any Art History (AH) course

Mus 101 (Introduction to Music Literature)
Mus 102 (Fundamentals of Music Theory)
Mus 103 (Introduction to Music)
Mus 104 (Introduction to World Music Cultures)

Danc 200 (Dance Appreciation)
Thea 201 (Appreciation of the Theatre)
Thea 202 (Introduction to Cinema)

Liba 130 (Introduction to the Fine Arts)

Note that performance courses (including orchestra or band) do not fulfill this requirement.

F.  Mathematics (3 credit hours)

International Studies majors must fulfill the mathematics requirement by taking Math 271 (Calculus of Decision Making), or, with permission of their academic advisor, Math 261 (Unified Calculus & Analytic Geometry I).

G.  Natural Sciences (9-11 credit hours)

Two natural science courses must be in the same area of science and the third course must be in a different area of science. Two of the science courses must have a lab. The areas of natural science are:
Astronomy (Astr), Physics (Phys), Biology (Bisc), Chemistry (Chem), and Geology (Geol).  Students make also take Integrated Science (Liba 150 and 151) as one of their sciences.

Students who choose either Astronomy or Physics as one of their areas must choose the other from outside the department of Physics and Astronomy, i.e., they must chose Biology, Chemistry, or Geology as their second area.

H.  Social Science (6 credit hours)

International Studies majors must fulfill the social science requirement by taking Economics (Econ) 202 (Principles of Microeconomics) and Econ 203 (Principles of Macroeconomics). 

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