International Studies - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Affairs

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.

Curriculum

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
INTS 205 Current Issues in International Studies 1
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
INTS 201 Introduction to International Studies 3
INTS 205 Current Issues in International Studies 1
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Foreign language 1 3
International politics & diplomacy 3 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
INTS 205 Current Issues in International Studies 1
American history 3
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
International experience 4  
Foreign language 1 3
Geographic area studies 5 3
Geographic area studies 5 3
Geographic area studies 5 3
International politics & diplomacy 3 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
INTS 481 Senior Seminar in International Studies 3
Select one of the following: 3
 
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Independent Honors Study  
Foreign language 1 3
International politics & diplomacy 3 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
INTA 606 International Politics in Theory and Practice 6 3
INTA 608 Fundamentals of the Global Economy 6,7 3
INTA elective 6,7 3
INTA elective 6,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I 8 3
INTA elective 6,7 3
INTA elective 6,7 3
INTA elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
INTA elective 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
INTA 670 International Affairs Capstone Seminar 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
INTA elective 8 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.

The program includes a total of 168 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and the Master of International Affairs.

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. 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 and Cultural Discourse graduation requirement.