BA in International Studies Degree (120 cr)

General Education Requirements (30 cr)


General Education Requirements »

Courses recommended for program:

  • Written Communication Skills: ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MATH-H111 Math for Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing: ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics and SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology

Remaining General Education Requirements can be fulfilled as you and your advisor see fit.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3 cr)

A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.

World Languages Requirement (0-14 cr)

This requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Completing Intermediate I (200 level/third semester) of a non-English language
  • Completing a 300-400 level course in a non-English language, or an approved study abroad course that meets this language requirement
  • Receiving credit for non-English language courses via placement exam for Intermediate I (200 level/third semester).

Note: As part of the major requirements for language proficiency, students will complete Intermediate II (fourth semester) of a non-English language. This also fulfills the language proficiency requirement for IU East’s Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Major Requirements (36 cr)

All courses for this requirement must be 200 level or above. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major. No course with a grade below a 1.7 (c-) will be accepted in the major/concentration area.

  • INTL-I 220 Global Connections (3 cr)
  • Two courses from each of the 5 thematic groups below. (30 cr)
  • Students must have coursework from 5 of the 12+ disciplines of study. A maximum of 3 courses from any one discipline can count toward the major.
  • INTL-I 400 International Studies Capstone Seminar (3 cr)
  • A study abroad experience (may be included in the existing coursework or through an approved study abroad experience).

Choose two courses from each thematic group:

Cultural Systems


Language Proficiency

  • FREN-F 250 Intermediate French II (3 cr)
  • GER-G 250 Intermediate German II (3 cr)
  • HISP-S 308 Spanish Conversation and Composition (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 250 Intermediate Spanish II (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 275 Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 311 Spanish Grammar (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 317 Spanish Conversation and Diction (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 326 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 370 Service Learning in Spanish (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 493 Internship Program in Spanish (3 cr)

Cultural Productions

  • CLAS-C 205 Classical Mythology (3 cr)
  • ENG-L 225 Introduction to World Masterpieces (3 cr)
  • ENG-L 382 Fiction of the Non-Western World (3 cr)
  • ENG-L 383 Studies in British or Commonwealth Culture*
    (when taught with Commonwealth topic- Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • FINA-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr)
  • FINA-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art (3 cr)
  • FINA-A 342 Twentieth-Century Art (3 cr)
  • FREN-F 312 Readings in French Literature in Translation (3 cr)
  • FREN-F 371 Topics in French* (Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • GER-G 370 German Cinema (3 cr)
  • MUS-Z 320 TOPIC: Global Music Journeys* (Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 230 Cervantes’ Don Quixote in Translation (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 235 Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 241 Golden Age Literature in Translation (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 260 Introduction to Hispanic Film (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 360 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)
  • SPAN-S 390 Special Topics in Spanish (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)


Historical Perspectives

  • FREN-F 311 Contemporary French Civilization (3 cr)
  • HIST-A 380 The Vietnam War (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 244 The Viking Age (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 306 European Race, Gender, and Identity (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 356 French Revolution (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 408 European Nationalism and Identity (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 418 Germany: Nation and Volk (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 436 Making Modern Britain (3 cr)
  • HIST-B 444 The Scandinavian Model (3 cr)
  • HIST-D 410 Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime (3 cr)
  • HIST-H 108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr)
  • HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr)
  • HIST-H 205 Ancient Civilization (3 cr)
  • HIST-H 219 Origins and History of the Second World War (3 cr)
  • HIST-H 232 The World in the Twentieth Century (3 cr)
  • HIST-F 341 Latin America: Conquest and Empire (3 cr)
  • SOC-S 335 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 229 Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 290 Topics in Hispanic Culture* (Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 303 The Hispanic World (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 381 Hispanic Civilization I (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)
  • SPAN-S 382 Hispanic Civilization II (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)
  • SPAN-S 383 Hispanic Civilization III (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)
  • SPAN-S 384 Hispanic Civilization IV (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)

Global and International Relations

  • BUS-D 301 The International Business Environment (3 cr)
  • BUS-M 401 International Marketing (3 cr)
  • BUS-F 494 International Finance (3 cr)
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr)
  • ECON-E 430 International Economics (3 cr)
  • (IU East School of Business advisors should be consulted about prerequisites for BUS and ECON courses.)
  • GEOG-G 306 Topics in Geography* (Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 109 Introduction to International Relations (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 345 Comparative Revolutions (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 346 Politics in the Developing World (3 cr)
  • SOC-S 308 Global Society (3 cr)
  • SPAN-S 315 Spanish in the Business World (3 cr) (Taught in Spanish)
  • SOC-S 360 Topics in Social Policy* (Consult with advisor) (3 cr)
  • SOC-S 427 Social Conflict (3 cr)


Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No course with a grade below 1.7 (C-) will be accepted in the major/track area. A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of track must be completed at Indiana University East.


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