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. 

Major Internship Opportunities

The Government & International Affairs department encourages students majoring in International Studies to complete an internship as part of their undergraduate degree program. While an internship is not required for the degree, it does provide the student with valuable, real world experience that can assist the student in preparation for a career after finishing the International Studies degree. The Government & International Affairs department allows up to 6 credits of unpaid internship with an appropriate international focus to count as an INT elective. In order to qualify for credit, the internship does need to be approved by the International Studies Internship faculty advisor. Additionally, in order to earn credit for the unpaid internship, students will be required to register for INR 4943 Internship in International Studies and complete all requirements for this course in order to earn credit. For more information, please visit http://gia.usf.edu/el/isi/.

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