B.A. in International Studies
The B.A. in International Studies gives students the opportunity to examine international issues from the perspective of a number of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The program allows students the flexibility to pursue a general curriculum or to emphasize cultural and literary perspectives, or political, historical and economic perspectives. While developing an individual program, an international studies student may choose from a wide range of courses examining both global issues and major regions of the world.
How do i declare an international studies major?
If a student entered Loyola as an International Studies major, he or she need not formally declare.
Utilize LOCUS to declare a major. It is also encouraged that you meet with the International Studies program assistant, director, or assistant director during the first semester at Loyola to fill out basic paperwork and discuss program requirements, career goals, and internship options. If a student entered Loyola as "undeclared" or wishes to change majors, he or she must formally declare the International Studies major. All minors must also formally declare.
The curriculum leading to a B.A. in International Studies degree consists of 33 semester hours of coursework (11 courses) and the fulfillment of a language proficiency requirement. Courses completed to satisfy the language requirement do not count toward the 33 semester hours of coursework. As many as three courses may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the international studies major and any other major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Of the 11 courses leading to a B.A. in International Studies, all students are required to complete the following International Studies core courses:
- INTS 101 Introduction to International Studies
- ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures
- HIST 299 Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective
- PLSC 102 International Relations in an Age of Globalization
The seven electives must include at least two courses that focus on specific world areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East). However, students may not take all seven electives in the same world area.
The language requirement for the major in International Studies may be satisfied in any of the following ways:
- Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better of a 104-level or higher course in one of the languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
- Completion of a language proficiency examination or the equivalent, administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, demonstrating proficiency at the 104 level or higher.
- Determination by the director of the International Studies Program, in consultation with appropriate specialists, that a student has at least a 104-level reading and writing proficiency in a language that is not taught or tested at Loyola.