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International Studies

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Students who declared the major prior to August 1, 2013 are required to complete the following International Studies core courses, in addition to seven (7) elective courses:

Students who declared the major after August 1, 2013 are required to complete the following International Studies core courses, in addition to seven (7) elective courses:

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.  In addition, for students who declare the major starting Fall 2015, the seven electives must be from at least three departments, with no more than three electives from any one department.

If a student wishes to concentrate on a particular region (e.g., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) within the International Studies major, he or she may choose to take up to six INTS electives that focus on the chosen world area.  It is not required, however, that students do this.

Language Requirement

The language requirement for the major in International Studies may be satisfied in any of the following ways:


International Studies Program
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Crown Center 328, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.8999 · Fax: 773.508.3131 · E-mail: tpintch@luc.edu

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