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International Studies, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO


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 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. In both cases, students should consult with the program coordinator to discuss how these courses will be integrated into their major or minor.

  ANTH 240 Cross-Cultural Anthropology .....3
  ECON 101 Principles of Economics I .....3
  HIST 112 The World since 1500 .....3
  POS 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics .....3
  POS 103 Introduction to International Relations .....3

Choose one track for primary concentration (15 hours); at least one course is required from each of the other two concentrations.

Track A: Regional Studies
  HIST 309 19th Century Europe .....3
  HIST 315 Latin America to Independence .....3
  HIST 316 Latin America since Independence .....3
  HIST 321 20th Century Europe .....3
  HIST 341 Topics in European History .....3
  HIST 342 Topics in World History .....3
  HIST 378 Globalization in the Southern Cone .....3
  POS 344 South Asian Politics .....3
  POS 354 Power and Politics of the Middle East .....3
  POS 358 International Politics of the Middle East .....3
  POS 359 Egyptian Politics .....3
  SPAN 312 Hispanic History and Culture .....3
Track B: Developments in the Global System
  ECON 214 Economics of Globalization .....3
  ECON 333 Comparative Economic Systems .....3
  ECON 374 International Development .....3
  ECON 376 International Trade .....3
  ECON 377 International Finance .....3
  HIST 305 Modern Imperialism .....3
  HIST 306 The World Since 1945 .....3
  HIST 335 History of Nationalism .....3
  PHIL 219 World Religions .....3
  POS 302 U.S. Foreign Policy .....3
  POS 303 Comparative Democratization .....3
  POS 339 Political Violence and Terrorism .....3
  POS 342 Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Civil War .....3
  SOC 344 Sociology of Globalization .....3
Track C: Race, Rights, Gender and Activism
  HIST 317 The French Revolution and Napoleon .....3
  HIST 320 Major Revolutions in Modern History .....3
  POS 327 Sexuality, Gender, International Human Rights .....3
  POS 345 Mobiles and Mobilization .....3
  POS 380 International Law: Human Rights .....3
  POS 388 Peace and Conflict Resolution .....3
  SOC 211 Contemporary Global Issues .....3
  SOC 329 Whiteness in a Global Context .....3
  SOC 342 Global Race .....3
  SPCH 345 Crosscultural Communication .....3
  WGS 304 Topics in International Feminism .....3