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.

Advising

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.

Requirements

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.

Core
ECON 101PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I3
HIST 112THE WORLD SINCE 15003
POS 102INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS3
POS 103INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Two International Studies Electives from tracks outside of Primary Concentration 16
Primary Concentration
Select one of the following tracks:15
Track A: Regional Studies
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICA
AFRICA UNDER EUROPEAN DOMINATION
HIST 309
COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA
LATIN AMERICA SINCE INDEPENDENCE
HIST 321
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
MODERN IMPERIALISM
THE WORLD SINCE 1945
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
HISTORY OF NATIONALISM
WORLD RELIGIONS
SIMULATING INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
PROBLEMS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
COMPARATIVE DEMOCRATIZATION
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
HIST 320
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
GLOBAL DIGITAL ACTIVISM
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
INTERNATIONAL LAW I: HUMAN RIGHTS
INTERVENTION AND PEACEKEEPING
CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
WHITENESS IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
GLOBAL RACE
CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
TOPICS IN IDENTITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND POWER
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12084
Total Credit Hours120
1

At least one course is required from each of the other two concentrations

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
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 Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
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 Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

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)