International Studies - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Affairs
- To guide students through the complex cultural, social, political, and economic stakes of global interdependence.
- To assure a measurable proficiency in a foreign language.
- To assure regional cultural competency through a structured and integrated abroad experience.
- To provide a historical dimension to current conceptions of globalization.
The degree plan consists of a combination of INTS core courses (15 hours), with electives tailored for each track (18 hours); area studies courses in the region corresponding to the student's foreign language choice (9 hours); foreign language courses (20 hours); and at least one long semester or 10-week summer study abroad or other approved international program with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic immersion.
5-Year Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Affairs
The International Studies department, in conjunction with the Bush School of Government & Public Service, offers a joint degree program that allows International Studies majors to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M. This opportunity enables students to receive their International Studies undergraduate degree and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree in five years. The partnership between International Studies and the Bush School is especially attractive because all graduates from the Bush School’s Masters Program must have proficiency in a foreign language and are encouraged to spend a semester abroad; International Studies majors will have completed this requirement prior to entering the Bush School graduate program. Students admitted to the five-year degree program will have completed 102 hours of the 120 hours of coursework required to receive their bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies (within the Politics and Diplomacy emphasis track), as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. Students will be required to complete the same two year, 48 hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program. For information about the 5-year Degree Program, contact the Bush School.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|INTS 201||Introduction to International Studies||3|
|Take the following course three times.||3|
|Current Issues in International Studies|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Directed Studies (no more than 3 hours)|
|Special Topics in...|
|Independent Honors Study|
|INTS 481||Senior Seminar in International Studies||3|
|Select six of the following:||18|
|Principles of Economics|
|Economic Development of Europe|
|Comparative Economic Systems|
|International Trade Theory and Policy|
|American Military History Since 1901|
|American Foreign Relations to 1913|
|American Foreign Relations Since 1913|
|International Developments Since 1918|
|Theories of Globalization|
|Politics of Global Inequality|
|Globalization and Democracy|
|Politics of Energy and the Environment|
|Modern Political Thought|
|Comparative Judicial Politics|
|Global Political Thought|
|American Foreign Policy|
|Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy|
|U.S.-Latin American Relations|
|Comparative Governmental Institutions|
|Issues in World Politics|
|The Politics of European Union|
|National Security Policy|
|Contemporary Political Ideas|
|Environmental Political Theory|
|Government and the Economy|
|International Business Behavior|
|Globalization and Social Change|
|Leadership and Public Administration|
|International Politics in Theory and Practice|
|Fundamentals of the Global Economy|
|Select courses from one of the following areas: 1||9|
North Africa and the Middle East
|Foreign Language 2||20|
|International Experience Requirement 3|
|College and University Requirements|
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Writing about Literature|
|Technical and Business Writing|
|Communication for Technical Professions|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Literature in English||6|
|Language, philosophy and culture||3|
|Life and physical sciences||9|
|Social and behavioral sciences||6|
|POLS 206||American National Government||3|
|POLS 207||State and Local Government||3|
|International and cultural diversity 5|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Choose courses from an approved list on the INTS website in consultation with an advisor. Courses numbered 485 or 489 that contain significant international content can be taken in any department to meet part of the track or area requirement. Students must obtain International Studies advisor approval before taking the 485 or 489 course.
See the Foreign Language paragraph.
See the International Experience Requirements paragraph.
At least 3 hours must be in MATH. Three hours may be PHIL 240.
Courses may be used to satisfy other requirements.
Students entering International Studies take a placement exam to determine the level of and number of required foreign language courses. Exam results may fulfill a maximum of 14 semester credit hours.
- Students placed in 101 will take 101, 102, 201 and 202 and 6 semester credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
- Students placed in 102 will take 102, 201 and 202 and 6 semester credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
- Students placed in 201 will take 201 and 202 and 6 semester credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
- Students placed in 202 will take 202 and 6 semester credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
- Students placing out of 101, 102, 201 and 202 will take 6 semester credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
International Experience Requirements
The International Experience must generate at least 3 hours of Texas A&M University credit. Departmental approval is required before travel. Any international experience that does not meet these criteria will not count toward the degree. International Experience must be completed prior to admission into the 5-year Degree Program.
- Must be at least one long semester or one 10-week summer approved experience.
- Must be taken after completion of 100- and 200-level language requirement and INTS 201.
- Must be completed before student is eligible to enroll in INTS 481, INTS 491 or INTS 497.
- Must be an immersion experience in the foreign culture and language, which can be satisfied by:
- An internship at a company, government agency or non-profit operation involving significant use of the foreign language. Three hours of INTS 484 elective credit can be given.
- Courses taken at a foreign university. Courses may count for Texas A&M University credit with approval of the advisor of the relevant department. These courses cannot apply to the International Studies core. One course must be taken in the foreign language at the 300- or 400-level.
- Selected Texas A&M University Study Abroad programs which involve intensive cultural and language immersion.
- A combination of the above to equal the requirement of a long semester or a 10-week summer-approved experience.
- Must be taken outside of the student's country of origin.
- Must be taken in one foreign country that matches with the foreign language and the area study requirement unless approved by the department head before travel.
Other courses may qualify for the college and university requirements categories. Students should consult the approved list of courses available in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts or in the International Studies Degree Program Office. The list incorporates University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category, except as allowed in the International and Cultural Diversity graduation requirement.
See the MIA program in the Graduate and Professional Catalog for the MIA requirements.