International Studies - BA, International Geographic Information Systems Track

Principle objectives

  1. To guide students through the complex cultural, social, political, and economic stakes of global interdependence.
  2. To assure a measurable proficiency in a foreign language.
  3. To assure regional cultural competency through a structured and integrated abroad experience.
  4. 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.

International Geographic Information Systems Track

The International Geographic Information Systems track adds a tremendous skill set to the already substantial ones offered by the core INTS major. The International GIS track immerses students in the workings of spatially distributed information that is used in the environmental, transportation, defense, and many other sectors of the economy. Students will develop skills in spatial analysis and advanced applications of GIS technologies.

Core Courses
INTS 201Introduction to International Studies3
Take three hours of the following:3
Current Issues in International Studies (1 hour course to be taken 3 times)
Select two of the following:6
Directed Studies (no more than 3 hours)
Special Topics in...
Independent Honors Study
INTS 481Senior Seminar in International Studies3
Track Courses
Select one of the following:3
Weather and Climate
Planet Earth
Environmental Change
Principles of Geology
Climate Change
Select one of the following:3
The Middle East
Geography of Latin America
Global Climatic Regions
Geography of Europe
Geography of South Asia
GEOG 361Remote Sensing in Geosciences4
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 475Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)4
Area Studies
Select courses from one of the following areas: 19
Latin America
North Africa and the Middle East
Foreign Language 220
International Experience Requirement 3
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Mathematics 46
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral sciences6
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and cultural diversity 5
General electives7
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Foreign Language

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.

  • 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, 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.