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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

International Studies Concentration

This is a concentration within the Bachelor of Arts program in Social Sciences .

The International Studies program provides a framework of study for students interested in the interrelations of nations and peoples. Because these interrelations are complex and operate at different levels (economic, political, military, cultural, etc.), a student must be selective regarding the areas to be investigated. Thus the focus of a student’s coursework in this concentration may be on a particular area (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, etc.), or on international problems (economic, political, diplomatic, etc.), on international organizations and their functions, or aspects of intercultural communications, etc. To identify the most appropriate pattern of courses, the student will prepare his or her program in close consultation with the department. The department should also be consulted regarding career opportunities.


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units minimum)

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3. Complete one lower-division course from each of the following sections:

(12 units)

4. Complete the International Studies concentration of 30 units as approved by the adviser.

Of these, no more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework in courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply.

5. Completion of a minor is not required.

The Concentration

(30 units)

Upon entering the International Studies concentration, work closely with the Director to develop a tentative program for the remainder of your undergraduate coursework. Prepare a trial study list prior to each advising appointment. In such a broad major, close cooperation between adviser and advisee is necessary to avoid mistakes.

Select a minimum of 12 units in one of the following disciplines and a minimum of 9 units in each of two others, as approved by the adviser:

Note: Some of these disciplines require additional lower-division introductory coursework not already specified in Requirements, Section 3 above. Select courses from the three preferred disciplines.