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Special Programs in Liberal Studies Major—International and Global Studies Concentration (SPLS)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

Concentrations and AOS Codes:
International and Global Affairs and Development, U821
International and Global Arts and Belief Systems, U822
International and Global Human Rights, U829
European Studies, U812
Russian Studies, U802
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, U823
Asian Studies, U824
African Studies (minor only), U818

Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

6

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Mathematics (GMT)

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
one must be a laboratory course; each must have a different departmental prefix

6–7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

6

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
Required: Four GL/GN courses, to include IGS 200 (GN) or IGS 201 (GL), plus three additional GL/GN courses (one of the four must carry the GN marker)

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.

Category

S.H.

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture
either a GHP/GPM or GMO course

3

Natural Sciences
one additional GNS/GLS or GPS course

3–4

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
one additional GSB course

3

Foreign Language (GFL)
intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204

0–12

Writing Intensive Courses (WI)
a total of four WI courses

 

 

IV Major Requirements

30 semester hours at the 200 level and above. To complete a second major, at least 12 semester hours must be taken outside the major in which the first major is obtained. No requirements for the major can be met by a grade lower than C-.

  1. Foreign Language Requirements (6 s.h.)
    A modern foreign language at the 300 level or higher.
    Russian in the case of Russian Studies; Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese in the case of European Studies; Spanish, French, or Portuguese in the case of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Chinese or Japanese in the case of Asian Studies. Other languages subject to permission of the Director.
  2. Core Courses (6 s.h.)
    IGS 200 or 201; IGS 400
  3. Additional courses (18 s.h.): At least nine (9) s.h. must be completed at the 300 level or above.

    [For students majoring or second majoring in the Russian, European, Asian, or LACS track of Regional Studies, at least 12 of the 18 s.h. must be taken in courses appropriate to that region, with at least six (6) s.h. at the 300 level or above. For students majoring or second majoring in the Human Rights concentration, at least 12 s.h. must principally address human rights, with at least six (6) s.h. at the 300 level or above, including 0–3 s.h. on human rights in the U.S.]

    To be selected from the following categories, consistent with the student's declared concentration, with up to three (3) courses (9 s.h.) in one category and no more than two (2) courses (6 s.h.) in any other category:
    1. Society and Politics: Any course with a 50 percent or more focus on social, historical, and political issues of international and/or global relevance
    2. Economics and Development: Any course with a 50 percent or more focus on international and/or global issues in economics and development
    3. Arts and Literature: Any course with a 50 percent or more focus on the arts and/or literatures of nations and cultures outside of the United States, or any course reading literature in a foreign language at the 300 level or above
    4. Belief Systems and Cultures: Any course with a 50 percent or more focus on ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems unique to and/or interconnected with other nations and peoples of the world

IGS 223 and 333 may be included for credit in any of these four categories depending upon the content of the course, which may vary from semester to semester

V Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 hours required for degree.