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2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Major with Inclusive Education

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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 nations 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 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, or international service organizations.  It is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in more specialized areas.

At least 12 credit hours of instruction in a foreign language at or above the advanced level ensure that INS majors will be able to read and speak a foreign language.  They will therefore enter the work force or graduate school equipped with these skills which are becoming essential in the professions. 

Though it is not a requirement of the INS major, students are strongly encouraged to study abroad, taking advantage of the opportunity to examine another society by personal observation and experience. 

INS majors have the option of pursuing the Education Department’s Inclusive Education Initial Quadruple Certification.  Students are required to have a 2.7 GPA before beginning student teaching.

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 foreign language at or above the advanced (200) level and four International Studies elective courses, to be chosen under the guidance of the program director.

International Studies Electives

Students take four International Studies elective courses selected under the guidance of the program director.

Required Courses for Inclusive Education

The following courses are required for Quad Inclusive Education certification. The Quad Inclusive program includes: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Childhood with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Middle Childhood (Grades 5-9), and Middle Childhood with Disabilities (Grades (5-9).

International Studies Senior Experience

The senior experience has two parts. INS 400W - 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.  Each student undertakes a major research project in which s/he analyzes a specific international issue and makes a policy recommendation toward its solution and does 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 Education

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 3
  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
  • Modern Foreign Language 201 - 202 Level Credits: 6
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Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 12
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Modern Foreign Language 203 - 204 Level Credits: 6
As well as:

Senior Year

  • Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • International Studies Electives Credits: 6
  • Other Elective Credits: 3
As well as:

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