International Studies

Bachelor of Arts

AIC’s International Studies program offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the politics, geography, economics, and history of societies around the world.

For students looking for a global perspective that balances breadth and depth, this program is your entry into the world of international affairs. International Studies prepares students for a wide range of careers in today’s global community, including:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • History
  • Public affairs
  • NGOs
  • Foreign service

Note: Foreign language is a crucial component of both the program and a comprehensive international education.

Learning Outcomes for International Studies

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

You’ll experience a comprehensive interdisciplinary course of study that provides a broad yet in-depth knowledge of world affairs.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Graduating prepares you to work in a variety of international settings such as public affairs and foreign service.

Major Requirements:

Modern foreign language study (SLS not eligible) through at least intermediate level, with strong recommendation for eight semesters (may be waived at discretion of program chairperson if student demonstrates fluency in a second language)

  • HST110: World Economic Geography or
  • HST120: Diverse Cultures of the World
  • ECO1401: Principles of Economics I or
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business
  • HST1500: World History or
  • HST2690: Twentieth Century Global History
  • POL1000: Introduction to Political Science (comparative governments)
  • POL2410: International Relations
  • ISM300: International Studies Seminar (with chairperson’s permission, repeatable once to replace a course in a specialization area)

Selection of a specialization consisting of at least four courses in one of the following areas (additional specializations possible subject to approval by program chairperson):

The International Economy: ECO1401, ECO1402, ECO2400, ECO3250, IBS1400, IBS210, IBS316, IBS335, POL364

International Conflict and Diplomacy: HST2610, POL211 (European Integration), HST311, HST390, HST392, HST308 (Cold War), ECO1400, POL3410, POL212, POL3420, POL316

European Studies: HST1510, HST2610, POL2610 (European Integration), HST307, (Modern Germany), HST308, (Cold War), HST367, HST392; any modern European language literature or literature in translation course.

With the chairperson’s permission, ISM300, may be repeated once to fill a specialization requirement. ISM390, (Study Abroad) and INS4899, (Internship) may by used with the chairman’s permission to fill a specialization requirement.

Minor Requirements

  • ECO1401: Principles of Economics I or
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business
  • HST110: World Economic Geography or
  • HST120: Diverse Cultures of the World
  • HST1500: World History or
  • HST390: Twentieth Century Global History
  • ISM300: International Studies Seminar
  • POL106: Introduction to Political Science II
  • POL2410: International Relations

One semester of modern foreign language study on campus or one course on world literature in translation (may be waived at discretion of chairperson if student demonstrates ability in a second language); foreign language study through at least the intermediate level is highly recommended.

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