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. At least five courses in international studies must be taken at Roosevelt University.
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. The tracks are:
- Regional Studies
- Developments in the Global System
- Race, Rights, Gender, and Activism
Students are highly encouraged to supplement their major in international studies with language study (at least the 101-104 sequence of any language) and plan for a study abroad. Roosevelt offers many opportunities including semesters abroad to most regions in the world and short-term, faculty-led trips.
Additionally, we offer independent study courses that can be arranged with the faculty of your choosing to learn a topic not currently offered or to dig deeper into a question that the student finds interesting. These courses can fit as needed into the appropriate track. Students may earn credit and hands-on experience through internships with local organizations that have an international mission.
A minor in international studies is an ideal complement to many degrees, including all those in the social sciences and humanities that make up the bulk of international studies courses, but also degrees in business, education, and communication. Because the minor is interdisciplinary in nature with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, it will round out your education, could give you an edge over others without knowledge of international processes, and help prepare you with the competency to engage the world as a active global citizen.