International Studies - BA, International Communication and Media Track

The BA in International Studies is a degree offered in the Department of International Studies.

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.

International Communication and Media Track

As one of the largest sectors of the American and global economy, communication and media occupy a major role in our private and professional lives. Moreover, this sector of the economy often functions transnationally in a relatively seamless fashion. This track offers a discreet set of courses that provide students with a strong background in how media function in a global setting.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
INTS 205 Current Issues in International Studies 1
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
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
 Semester Credit Hours14
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 communication & media 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
 Semester Credit Hours16
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 communication & media 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
 
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Independent Honors Study  
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
International communication & media 3 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
 
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Independent Honors Study  
International communication & media 3 3
Mathematics 2 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
INTS 481 Senior Seminar in International Studies 3
International communication & media 3 3
International communication & media 3 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.

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 and Cultural Discourse requirement.