Baylor > Political Science > Undergraduate Program > BA in International Studies

BA in International Studies

Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Välkommen! Sugeng rawuh! Willkommen! Welkom! Welcome!



No matter how you say it, we welcome you to the International Studies web page!



International Studies is an interdisciplinary major administered by the Department of Political Science. Students have the opportunity to learn about regions of the world as well as social, political and economic issues confronting actors in the international environment. The interdisciplinary curriculum, combined with foreign language study, offer students flexibility in planning their course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor.

As an International Studies major, you can select courses from several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Hankamer School of Business. Because of the diversity of courses in cross-cultural political, economic, and social issues, the major is suitable for those interested in a variety of careers.

A. All specific and group requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

B. Thirty semester hours, fifteen of which must be at "3000" or "4000" level. The thirty hours in the major will include:

1. Six hours of core courses:
PSC 3315 (Fundamentals of International Relations) and PSC 3304 (Comparative Politics)
2. Nine hours of Regional Studies courses.
3. Nine hours of Global Issues and Institutions courses.
4. Six hours of additional courses from the courses listed under requirements 2 and 3.

C. Required courses in other fields. There are two versions of the major:

1. General version of the major requires one additional semester of modern language at
"3000" or "4000" level beyond University requirements.
2. Intensive version of the major requires two additional semesters of modern language at
the "3000" or "4000" level beyond University requirements and study or internship abroad.

(Language courses must be limited to courses that apply toward a major in that language; non-translation courses will not apply here.)

Eighteen semester hours including the following:
A. PSC 3315 and PSC 3304
B. The remaining twelve hours chosen from the Regional Studies or Global Issues courses listed in the International Studies major.
C. At least nine of the eighteen hours for the minor must e at the "3000" or "4000" level.

Baylor University offers an array of study abroad opportunities, including those led by Baylor professors. Although this is not a requirement for the general international studies major, all IS majors find that studying in another country exposes them to other cultures, peoples and overall enhances their educational experience. Moreover, study or internship abroad serves as one of two requirements for the intensive version of the major described above. For additional information about these programs, please contact the Center for Global EngagementAdditionally, the Heather Leann Dunnam Scholarship provides funds to help International Studies majors study abroad. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit and financial need.

This interdisciplinary program is administered by the Department of Political Science and is designed for:

1. Those who hope to qualify for recruitment by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.
Information Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, other U.S. Government agencies
engaged in international operations, or agencies of the United Nations or other international
organizations, such as Amnesty International or the International Red Cross.
2. Those who contemplate missionary service, with such organizations as the International
Justice Mission, Catholic Relief Services, or missionary service through church sponsorship.
This program is designed to introduce the prospective missionary to cross-cultural political,
economic, and social relations.
3. Those who anticipate business assignments abroad or domestic positions in international
trade and finance.
4. Those who are preparing for careers in public relations, mass communications, or
international journalism.
5. Those who wish to prepare for staff work with international foundations.
6. Those who plan on teaching careers in international education (overseas teaching or
domestic teaching of international affairs).
7. Those who expect to become officers in the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marine
8. Those who anticipate careers with the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence
Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, or other intelligence
organizations of the U.S. Government.
9. Those who plan to pursue graduate work in political science, in international relations,
international business, or international journalism.
10. Those who do not plan an international career but seek a liberal arts education.