International Studies, BA
Offered in: Chicago
International Studies is a growing interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to study politics, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, and communication as parts of a complex and evolving global system. Rather than focusing on relations between states in the international system, the International Studies major affords students the opportunity to create a focus on particular geographic areas of the world, the evolution of the international system itself, or on global race, gender and activism.
Majoring in International Studies lays the groundwork for students to pursue a wide array of careers in international affairs, from work with intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations or the World Bank to aid and development work with groups such as the U.S. Agency for International Development; democracy promotion for organizations such as Freedom House; international law at The Hague; advocacy groups such as Witness or Human Rights Watch; environmental groups such as the Sierra Club; or global solidarity campaigns, including the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
Downtown Chicago is an ideal location for those pursuing International Studies at Roosevelt University. A growing, bustling and vibrant global city, Chicago is host to numerous international organizations, government offices, advocacy centers, and think tanks, and plays host to countless international conferences. The program studies the international system with a focus on the pursuit and realization of social justice across national boundaries. International Studies graduates gain fluency in contemporary debates across multiple fields, with the moral and ethical foundation to be international leaders and global citizens.
Students should consult their advisor or the program coordinator, Philip Hultquist, before registration each semester to assure that requirements are met and that the electives constitute a coherent program that is tailored to the student’s interests.
Students who wish to pursue specialized topics may do so by independent study; however, no independent study may be undertaken until the core sequence has been completed. Each independent study course must have the approval of the program coordinator. Only one independent study course may be taken for credit in the major.
Students are strongly encouraged to undertake study abroad. Roosevelt’s Office of International Programs will assist students in selecting and applying for study abroad programs. The program coordinator will assist in selecting courses once the student has been admitted to a program. Study abroad courses and programs vary, so students should consult the program coordinator to see how study abroad courses fit into the International Studies curriculum.
Students are also strongly encouraged to supplement their International Studies education by learning a foreign language, though there is no formal requirement to do so.
Students may also deepen their learning and gain valuable work experience through internships with an agency or organization that deals with international issues and populations. Stipulations for internships are the same as for independent study.
Students who major in International Studies must complete 12 courses (36 credit hours) in the program, each with a grade of C or higher. This includes a set of five required core courses and seven electives.
Students must complete 15 credits at the 300 level in the major. For their electives, students must take five courses in one of the three tracks, as well as one course from each of the other two tracks. At least five courses in International Studies must be taken at Roosevelt University.
Please note that not all International Studies courses are listed here. International Studies faculty members frequently add new courses that count toward the International Studies major. Other International Studies courses not listed in the catalog may only be offered once but can still count toward the major. You can find these courses by searching for classes in the online course schedule, using the International Studies attribute. Most study abroad classes can count for the major as well. In all cases, students should consult with the program coordinator or their academic advisor to discuss how these courses will be integrated into their major or minor.
|ECON 101||PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I||3|
|HIST 112||THE WORLD SINCE 1500||3|
|POS 102||INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS||3|
|POS 103||INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS||3|
|SOC 101||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||3|
|Two International Studies Electives from tracks outside of Primary Concentration 1||6|
|Select one of the following tracks:||15|
Track A: Regional Studies
|INTRODUCTION TO AFRICA|
|AFRICA UNDER EUROPEAN DOMINATION|
|COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA|
|LATIN AMERICA SINCE INDEPENDENCE|
|TOPICS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY|
|TOPICS IN WORLD HISTORY|
|POLITICS OF INDIA|
|POWER AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST|
|INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST|
|STUDIES IN HISPANIC CIVILIZATION & CULTURE|
|Track B: Developments in the Global System|
|THE ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION|
|COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS|
|ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT|
|INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND IMPERIALISM|
|INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND BALANCE OF PAYMENTS|
|THE WORLD SINCE 1945|
|DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES|
|HISTORY OF NATIONALISM|
|SIMULATING INTERNATIONAL SECURITY|
|PROBLEMS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY|
|POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH|
|POLITICAL VIOLENCE & TERRORISM|
|CONTEMPORARY CIVIL WARS|
|SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION|
|Track C: Race, Rights, Gender, and Activism|
|CROSS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY|
|IMMIGRATION IN THE AMERICAS|
|THE FRENCH REVOLUTION & NAPOLEAN|
|SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS|
|GLOBAL DIGITAL ACTIVISM|
|POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE|
|INTERNATIONAL LAW I: HUMAN RIGHTS|
|INTERVENTION AND PEACEKEEPING|
|CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES|
|WHITENESS IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY|
|TOPICS IN IDENTITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND POWER|
|General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives|
|Courses to total 120||84|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
At least one course is required from each of the other two concentrations
General Education Requirements
|Academic Communities of Practice|
|ACP 101||FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 1||3|
|ACP 110||PRIMARY TEXTS||3|
|ACP 250||GROUNDS FOR CHANGE||3|
|English Composition 2|
|ENG 101||COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING||3|
|ENG 102||COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH||3|
|Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies||9|
|MATH 110||QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 3||3|
|Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)||3|
|RU mission-related course 2|
|LIBS 201||WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE||3|
|One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)||7-8|
|Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies||9|
|Total Credit Hours||49-50|
Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours
Minimum grade of C- required
Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
- Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
- Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
- Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
- Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
- Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
- Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
- Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)