International Studies is a growing, interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to study politics, economics, history, sociology, anthropology and communication as parts of a complex and evolving global system. Rather than focusing just on relations between states in the international system, the International Studies major affords students the opportunity to create a focus on particular geographic areas of the world, the evolution of the international system itself, or on global race, gender and activism. Majoring in International Studies lays the groundwork for students to pursue a wide array of careers in international affairs, from work with intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations or the World Bank, to aid and development work with groups like USAID, democracy promotion for organizations such as Freedom House, international law at the Hague, advocacy groups like Witness or Human Rights Watch, environmental groups like the Sierra Club, or global solidarity campaigns including the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
Downtown Chicago is an ideal location for those pursuing International Studies at Roosevelt University. A growing, bustling and vibrant global city, Chicago is host to numerous international organizations, government offices, advocacy centers and think tanks, and plays host to countless international conferences. At Roosevelt, we study the international system with a focus on the pursuit and realization of social justice across national boundaries, producing graduates with fluency in contemporary debates in multiple, as well as the moral and ethical foundation to be leaders and global citizens.
Students should consult the program coordinator before registration each semester to assure that requirements are met and that the electives constitute a coherent program that is tailored to the student’s interests. Students who wish to pursue specialized topics may do so by independent study; however, no independent study may be undertaken until the core sequence has been completed. Each independent study course must have the approval of the program coordinator. Only one independent study course may be taken for credit in the major.
Students are strongly encouraged to undertake study abroad. Roosevelt’s Office of International Programs will assist students in selecting and applying for study abroad programs. The program coordinator will assist in selecting courses once the student has been admitted to a program.
Students may also deepen their learning and gain valuable work experience through internships with an agency or organization that deals with international issues and populations. Stipulations for internships are the same as for independent study.
Students who major in international studies must complete 12 courses (36 semester hours) in the program, each with a grade of C or higher. This includes a set of five required core courses and seven electives.
Students must complete 15 credits at the 300-level in the major. For their electives, students must take five courses in one of the three tracks, as well as one course from each of the other two tracks. At least five courses in international studies must be taken at Roosevelt University.
International Studies faculty members frequently add new courses that count towards the International Studies major. Other International Studies courses not listed in the catalog may only be offered once but can still count toward the major. In both cases, students should consult with the program coordinator or their academic advisor to discuss how these courses will be integrated into their major or minor.
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
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