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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A.


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Program Coordinator: Ryan Salzman, Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership

International relations are shaped by the forces of culture, ideology, identity, geography, history, religion, social relations, and economics. International studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on understanding these dynamic transnational factors and issues that influence relations between actors in the world system. The international studies major requires completing 12 hours of foundational coursework, 18 hours of additional core course (across 5 categories plus a required cumulative course), and 12 hours of electives that can include internships or a research practicum. Students are encouraged to take classes from a variety of pre-fixes to become more versed in international studies from a broad perspective.

Students must also complete 12 hours in a foreign language.

Only courses with a grade of C- or better may count toward an international studies major, minor, or area of focus. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their degree coursework to qualify for graduation. Students are encouraged to complete study-abroad courses and  internships toward the international studies major. Topics courses and independent study credit hours may fulfill secondary course requirements. Contact the international studies coordinator prior to enrolling in any of these options to verify whether the credit hours qualify, and if so, how much they will apply toward completing the major degree program requirements.

The Office of Education Abroad (University Center 330) can help with scholarship applications to offset expenses, including university scholarships, as well as a “beyond the classroom” scholarship toward study abroad, sponsored by the sociology department, for which all majors are eligible.

Special graduation requirements: Students majoring or minoring in any of the programs offered by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership must earn at least a C- in each course counted as part of their program.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures page.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

 

Degree Requirements (54 credits)


Language Requirement (12 hours)


Students placing out of the 202 level of language must complete one 300+ level language course at NKU.

Students may select from the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Note that Latin does not qualify.

French, German, Japanese, and Spanish sections of 101,102, 201, and 202 are offered every fall and spring semester at NKU.

Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, and Russian are offered as follows: 101 in the fall semester, 102 in the spring semester. Completing the intermediate level for these courses may involve taking courses off-campus through the regional consortium. Contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures for details regarding regularity and availability of these courses.

  • Elementary Language I (3 credits)
  • Elementary Language II (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Language I (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Language II (3 credits)

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Students are encouraged to take classes from a variety of pre-fixes to become more versed in international studies from a broad perspective.

Advanced Core- 18 hours


Electives- 12 hours (4 courses from any category above or the list below)


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For all options, other courses carrying international studies credit will be listed in the schedule of classes each semester and may be used as substitute electives on approval by the chair of the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership or the coordinator of international studies. Students may take independent studies, research practicum, or internships that are approved by the department that are related to international studies (up to 3 credits).

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