The Bachelor’s in International Studies (B.A.), International Politics and Diplomacy track is an interdisciplinary degree. Its principal objectives are: (1) to provide an international perspective on such issues as economics, political science, and history and to allow more concentrated coursework in subjects and geographical regions aligned with a student’s interest; (2) to assure competency in a foreign language; (3) to offer an integrated study experience at an international site; and (4) to develop an understanding of the important and complex human, social, political, and economic issues at work in international affairs. The curriculum consists of the following requirements: (1) a minimum of 20 credit hours in a foreign language at the college level; (2) at least one long semester or one 10-week summer approved experience in a study abroad or other international program with an emphasis on cultural and language immersion; (3) the completion of 33 hours (at least 12 advanced) in the major, including 15 hours of core courses; (4) 18 hours in the track area of International Politics and Diplomacy; and (5) 9 hours of area studies in courses related to Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North Africa and the Middle East.
The International Politics and Diplomacy track offers students a fundamental understanding of foreign relations. Students learn about the workings of governments and civil societies in a global framework. In the end, students come away from the program with a sound understanding of how governments communicate and cooperate in regional, continental, and global settings.