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Get ready for the world stage

The world needs people who understand vital global issues and appreciate cultural differences—people like you.

You'll get an individual educational experience tailored to you and your career goals.

Focus on a region or a topic—European studies, Asian studies, developing world studies, diplomacy, comparative cultural studies, sustainable development, or international trade and development.

Then handpick courses from related majors like political science, economics, history, sociology and anthropology, religious studies, art and English.

The world is your classroom. You'll study in another culture for at least two weeks through our award-winning Global Opportunities program. Land an internship in the U.S. or abroad. Apply for a Fulbright to continue your studies abroad-we have a proven track record of international studies students landing Fulbright awards.

Prepare for any career anywhere

Work for Doctors Without Borders or the Department of State. Join the Peace Corps. Preserve heritage in a French museum. Write about global issues for a major magazine. Or teach abroad. Our goal is to prepare you for whatever career you seek—in whatever country you want.

Our graduates attend prestigious graduate schools and have careers in international education, service, international organizations, government jobs and businesses around the world.

Andrea M. Lopez, Ph.D.

Department: Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science

Emaillopez@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4179

Requirements for the International Studies Major. International studies majors must complete a minimum of 46-48 semester hours of approved coursework in the major, all with grades of C- or better and an overall average of at least 2.00 in courses for the major. No more than 16 semester hours in the major may be taken at the 100 level, and at least 14 semester hours must be taken at or above the 300 level. All majors must take INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice.

All international studies majors must complete the 202 level of a relevant foreign language.

All majors must take a capstone course in a relevant department. Some departments, such as anthropology/sociology, history and political science, require the research methods preparation courses the year before the capstone. The preparation courses may also have prerequisites that should be taken in advance of the methods course. Students should begin planning their capstone path during their senior year.

Students in the major must engage in an off-campus, internationally focused educational experience, preferably consisting of a semester or year abroad. Shorter-term experiences, such as focus programs offered by Susquehanna University or an internship with an international-based organization, also qualify when approved by the adviser.

All majors maintain a cumulative portfolio of their academic work in international studies. Materials in the portfolio include research papers, essays or other assignments representative of the student's work; a resume; and other relevant materials evidencing the student's academic performance and growth. The portfolio is to be updated each semester in accordance with program requirements.

Double-counting restriction: no more than 12 semester hours may be double-counted between the international studies major and any other major or minor.  In no instance can a capstone from another major or minor be double-counted with the international studies major.

Focus Areas. Students choose one of seven focus areas for the international studies major: European studies, Asian studies, developing world studies, diplomacy, comparative cultural studies, sustainable development, and international trade and development. Course requirements vary, depending on the focus area.

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46-48    European Studies, Asian Studies or Developing World Studies

(Developing World Studies includes courses related to Latin America, Africa or the Middle East. Students are encouraged to focus on one of the three regions.)

4 INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice
4 POLI-121 Comparative Government and Politics

8          Relevant history (two courses)

4          Relevant upper-level political science course(s) with substantial content on relevant region

4          Relevant religious studies/philosophy

8          Relevant literature/art/film (two courses)

12        Relevant electives (three courses)

2-4      Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of applicable language. European studies: French, Spanish, German; other languages with approval. Asian studies: Chinese, French; other languages with approval. Developing world studies: Spanish for Latin American focus; French for African focus; other languages with approval.

46-48     Diplomacy

4 INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice
4 POLI-131 World Affairs
or POLI-133 World Affairs: Statecraft
4 POLI-121 Comparative Government and Politics

8          Non-U.S. history (two courses)

4          Non-U.S. literature

4          Upper-level international relations

4          Religious studies (excluding courses limited to religion in United States)

4          Economics

8          Relevant electives (two courses)

2-4      Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

46-48     Comparative Cultural Studies

4          INTD-201 Internation Studies Theory and Practice

4          Introductory anthropology

4          ENGL-250 World Literature, or ENGL/JWST-255 Jewish Literature or ENGL-240 Literary Themes (when specific topic has been approved)

4          Non-U.S. upper-level anthropology

8          Non-U.S. literature or art history (two courses)

4          RELI-105 World Religions

4          Additional religious studies or philosophy

4          Non-U.S. history

8          Relevant electives (two courses)

2-4      Senior seminar/Capstone

Completion of 202 level of foreign language

50-52     Sustainable Development

4 INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice
4 POLI-131 World Affairs
or POLI-133 World Affairs: Statecraft

4        Choose from: ECOL-100 or EENV-113

4        Choose from: EENV-101, EENV-102, EENV-103, EENV-105 or ECOL-100

4        Choose from: EENV-220, EENV-213, EENV-242, ENST-335, EENV-360 or ENST-301

4          Relevant upper-level ecology, earth and environmental science or environmental studies

4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics

4          Choose from: ECON-338, ECON-335 or POLI-333

4          One upper-level, non-U.S.-based course in political science, sociology or anthropology

8          Relevant electives (two courses)

2-4      Senior seminar/capston

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

46-48     International Trade and Development

4 INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice
4 POLI-131 World Affairs
or POLI-133 World Affairs: Statecraft
4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
4 ECON-338 International Political Economy
or POLI-333 Development, Globalization and Society

4          History of any non-U.S. region

8          Upper-level internationally-focused courses in economics, management, marketing, or luxury brand marketing and management

4          One upper-level, non-U.S.-based course in political science, sociology or anthropology. (Students should seek to focus on a particular region.)

8          Relevant electives (two courses)

2-4      Senior seminar/capstone

Completion of 202 level of modern foreign language

Minor in International Studies. International studies is a superb complement to a number of other majors. Students may choose to minor in international studies by completing 24 semester hours in a focus area. Only courses completed with a grade of C- or above may be counted toward the minor. No more than eight semester hours may be taken at the 100 level. It is strongly recommended that all students minoring in international studies take INTD-201 International Studies Theory and Practice.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 8 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

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24        European Studies, Asian Studies or Developing World Studies

(Developing world studies includes courses related to Latin America, Africa or the Middle East. Students are encouraged to focus on one of the three regions.)

8          Relevant history (two courses)

4          Political science, upper-level course on relevant region

4          Relevant religious studies/philosophy

4          Relevant literature/art/film

4          Relevant elective

24        Diplomacy

4          Non-U.S. history

4          Non-U.S. literature or religion

8          International relations (two courses)

4          Economics (macroeconomics encouraged)

4          Relevant elective

24          Comparative Cultural Studies

4         Introductory anthropology

4         Non-U.S. upper-level anthropology

4         Non-U.S. literature or art history

4         Religious studies or philosophy

4         Non-U.S. history

4         Relevant elective

24        Sustainable Development

4 EENV-101 Environmental Science
4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
4 ECON-338 International Political Economy
or POLI-333 Development, Globalization and Society

4        Relevant upper-level ecology, earth and environmental science or environmental studies

4        Relevant elective

24        International Trade and Development

4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
4 ECON-338 International Political Economy
or POLI-333 Development, Globalization and Society

4          History of any non-U.S. region

4          An upper-level internationally-focused course in economics, management, marketing, or luxury brand marketing and management

4          Relevant elective

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Languages at SU

French

Fall in love with language all over again as a French major or minor at Susquehanna.

Spanish

A degree in Spanish from Susquehanna is a jumping board into a broad range of rewarding careers.

Italian

Enjoy the confidence that comes with mastering a language as an Italian major or minor.

Fulbright Scholars and The Wide Open World

International studies students make great candidates for post-graduate fellowship opportunities. They're curious, in tune with current events and globally minded.

We've successfully placed eight students in three years into the prestigious Fulbright program, the flagship international educational exchange program.

What makes our students so successful? The combination of benefits of a liberal arts and science program with an emphasis on language, international experiences and focus on global issues. Once you embrace that, the whole world really does open for you.

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Andrea Lopez
570-372-4179
lopez@susqu.edu

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