The interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree offers students a rigorous education in the basic elements of the field. The program provides a sound general education for the student interested in the complex interrelationships (political, economic, social, and cultural) that exist among nations in the interdependent modern world.
Faculty Advisor: The role of the faculty advisor as mentor is central to the program. Students interested in applying to the program should suggest a faculty member with whom they have a common area of interest to act as their advisor and mentor, typically one of the committee members named above or a faculty member from the student’s concentration areas.
Undergraduate Advisors: Every term, two INTL Graduate Students serve as Advisors to undergradaute INTL majors and UO students considering applying for the INTL major program. The Undergraduate Advisers are able to provide advising about the International Studies Undergraduate Program. They can assist with student questions about specific INTL major requirements, the application process, clearance for graduation, and general UO requirements for INTL majors.
IS Undergraduate Advisors
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office location: 346 PLC
Drop In Advising Hours
Drop-in advising is not available during finals week or winter break. Office hours will resume at the start of Winter 2014 term. For assistance, please email email@example.com
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Students who want to major in international studies should:
1. Apply after having completed two terms at the UO
2. Have at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA).
3. Have taken and passed (with a C- or better) at least one regular INTL course (NOTE: Freshman Seminars do not count towards this requirement.)
Premajor advising and help with application procedures are available at the international studies office. Applicants must meet with an international studies undergraduate advisor to review the application before submitting it for consideration. Applications are due on Monday of the fourth week of fall, winter, and spring terms.
Application materials include:
- INTL Application Instructions,
- INTL Major Application Cover Sheet,
- INTL Major Application Planner, and
- INTL Major Application Faculty Advisor Form
all of which can be downloaded as PDFs.
The major consists of work in three core blocks: international core foundation, regional cultures and area studies, and professional concentration area. A minimum of 52 credits, 24 of which must be upper division, are required in these blocks. Courses must be passed with grades of C- or better to satisfy the major requirements. In addition, three years of a second language or the equivalent is required.
The major may include courses from a number of departments. The minimum requirement is 16 credits in each block, plus the 4-credit preliminary course. All courses taken for the major, with the exception of the language requirement and up to 8 credits in INTL 406 or 409, must be graded.
A maximum of 12 credits in courses taken to fulfill the university group requirements may be applied toward the International Studies major.
A maximum of 20 credits in courses taken in a single department (with the exception of International Studies) may be applied toward the International Studies major, exclusive of the language requirement.
Preparatory Course: INTL 101
Students are required to complete Introduction to International Issues (INTL 101) as part of the major. We recommend that students take this course as early as possible in their course of study, ideally before the Block A courses.
Block A: International Studies Core
Four courses are required from among these five options:
INTL 199, Globalization and the Global Economy
INTL 240, Perspectives on International Development*
INTL 250, Value Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective
INTL 260, Culture, Capital, and Globalization
INTL 280, Global Environmental Issues
*Please note this course serves as a pre-requisite to many upper-divison INTL courses, including those required for various Professional Concentration Areas.
Students select one of fourteen professional concentration areas. The student’s faculty advisor/ mentor should, ideally, be someone with a specialization in this area as well. Each PCA has courses that are required within each area, as well as as list of electives that can be selected from to fulfill the remaining credits needed for the Block B requirement. The lists of electives are not comprehensive, and list courses which teach material relevant to the professional concentration. If students find other courses which may be appropriate electives in a given professional concentration area, please consult with ISP undergraduate advisor for approval.
Students may design their own professional concentration area if none of the predefined areas fits the student’s professional goals. Students who choose this option must designate one of the core faculty members of the International Studies Program as an advisor and work with that individual in designing the concentration.
Block C: Geographical Focus (GF)
This block pertains to groups of nations that share common cultural, historical, geographic, and linguistic experiences. In satisfying the Block C requirement, students concentrate on one cultural area. To satisfy the language requirement for the major, students should choose one that is relevant to their regional specialization. Students may apply only one (1) term of a 3rd year language to their Block C requirement.
Areas of focus may include Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Pacific islands, Russia and Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. In developing a program of study, a student may want to consult the area studies sections of this catalog.
Appropriate Block C courses should have significant course content on the region of study.
To satisfy this requirement, students must achieve proficiency in a second language at a level associated with three full years of study (at least 12-15 credits, depending on language). Proficiency in the language is most often demonstrated by passing three terms of a 300-level language sequence with grades of C- or better.
A student may also fulfill the language requirement with two years’ proficiency in two different languages (exclusive of the student’s native tongue) if at least one of the two is a less commonly taught language, not ordinarily offered as a regular course at the University of Oregon. Students wishing to pursue this option must get approval from the undergraduate coordinator.
Majors are required to have have a significant international experience in a geographic area that coincides with their Block C Geographic Focus. This is usually satisfied by at least one term (a minimum of ten weeks) of study or work in another country. When students are not formally enrolled in for-credit coursework, they will need to write a paper according to the guidelines on the Internship Agreement Form.
For information about study abroad, see Study Abroad Program. Advice is available from International Affairs, 330 Oregon Hall.
Students may receive passing (P) credit for work done as interns. Interested students should inquire with the Undegraduate Advisors, faculty advisors, or the IE3 Global Internships Program.
Students who have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher and want to graduate with program honors are required to write a thirty- to fifty-page thesis. An advisor must be selected and a proposal approved by the program faculty two terms prior to graduation. Students may apply up to 4 Thesis (403) credits toward the appropriate block of the 52 credits required for the international studies major. Download the Thesis Guidelines and Thesis Timeline forms here.
The Department of International Studies is fortunate to offer several scholarship opportunities for declared INTL undergraduate majors. These awards are offered to help offset the costs associated with either the International Experience or completing an undergraduate degree in International Studies. These opportunities are advertised to students through emails and postings within the department. Please stop by the INTL office in 175 PLC for more information about the awards offered and how to apply. In addition, the Study Abroad program offers several scholarship resources and opportunites which students may consider for additional financial support. More information can be found here.
Drop-in only Advising
INTL Undergraduate Advisors office: 346 PLC
Please use email (email@example.com) only if you are abroad and can NOT drop-in for advising. Advisors prioritize face-to-face advising, and have no additional hours to respond to email.