Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


International Studies (INT)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0901

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The major in International Studies enables students to undertake programs of study which emphasize: (a) preparation for careers in international activities, or (b) the study of particular international themes or topics, or (c) the study of particular regions or cultures. Each student develops a course of study designed to fulfill his or her career and educational goals in consultation with the International Studies advisor.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

While the International Studies program does not have mandatory prerequisites, a student may apply up to ten credit hours of lower-level courses from the following list of courses:

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core

The major consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. At least 27 of these hours (nine courses) must be from the International Studies Program offerings.

Major Core Courses - 18 Hours

Plus two area studies courses from the INT upper-division electives (3 hours each).

Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

The additional 18 hours must include at least three elective courses (9 hours) from within the Department of Government and International Affairs; the remaining 9 hours can be selected from courses offered from other departments which are approved by the major advisor as having adequate international or cross-cultural content.

With the approval of the major advisor, credits earned in INR 4900 and INR 4910 may be used to augment or substitute for the foregoing requirements. 

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Students must pass a 2000-level foreign language course (that is, at least one semester of foreign language study beyond the first year introductory courses), or complete one year of study of a non-Western language. Students who are bilingual or who are already conversationally fluent or who can translate with facility from a foreign language text are exempt from the above course requirement, but the INT faculty may require demonstration of proficiency.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to engage in study abroad programs, a large number of which have been approved by the USF Education Abroad Department. Credits earned in such programs apply toward graduation and many also apply to the International Studies major. A limited number of internships in the Tampa Bay area are available to provide students with real-world experience while earning credits in the major. Also, USF is affiliated with The Washington Center, an internship program in the nation’s Capitol.

Major Residency Requirement

Students transferring credit hours toward a major in International Studies must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours within the Government & International Affairs Department, regardless of the number of credits transferred.

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