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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major

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Coordinator: Sharon R. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

The international studies major is an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.A. degree. It is designed to educate students in the theoretical, substantive, and ethical dimensions of both the methods through which countries and international organizations interact and the problems that affect the world as a single unit. It also seeks to develop in each student a recognition and understanding of cultures outside those of the United States. The INS program helps to prepare students to enter careers in government, the foreign diplomatic service, intelligence agencies, international business, journalism, international law, and international service organizations. It is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in more specialized areas.

INS majors take at least four courses in one foreign language at or above the advanced level, ensuring that they are able to read, write and speak a foreign language. Being equipped with these skills gives them the edge as they enter the workforce or graduate school.

Study abroad is also required for INS majors because it gives them the opportunity to examine another society through personal observation and experience. Nazareth has a wide variety of study abroad programs for its students through our Center for International Education.

INS majors have the option to double major in international studies and inclusive early childhood/childhood education to achieve teacher certification. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 before beginning student teaching.

Students seeking initial certification at the early childhood and childhood levels may double major in International Studies and Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Students in this double major are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 before moving into INCH coursework which typically begins fall semester of the junior year.

International Studies Core

The International Studies major has a total of 42 required credit hours. In addition to the core courses listed below, all International Studies majors are required to take four courses in one foreign language at or above the advanced (200) level and three International Studies elective courses two of which must be upper division courses.   Study abroad is also required.

  • Foreign Language Requirement - 4 courses at or above the 200 level

International Studies Electives

Students take three International Studies elective courses, two of which must be upper division courses.   Here is a partial list of INS elective courses:

Required Courses for Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Majors

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

International Studies Senior Experience

The senior experience has two parts. INS 400 - Junior-Senior Seminar in International Studies ties together and demonstrates the interconnectedness of the various courses and disciplines of the INS major.  Particular attention is given to global trends in political, economic, and social development, and to contemporary problems faced by the international community.  Students undertake a major research project in which they analyze a specific international issue and make a policy recommendation toward its solution. They are also required to do a public, oral defense of it.  INS 499 - Senior Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to demonstrate, in both oral and written form, a proficiency in the discipline appropriate to the undergraduate level.  


Sample Program for International Studies Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Health/Wellness Credits: 0
  • Foreign Language 101 - 102 Level Credits: 6

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 12
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 103 - 104 Level Credits: 6
  • Study Abroad (one semester)

As well as: 

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