College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
International Studies

Requirements for the International Studies Major

Majors in International Studies must complete 42 credit hours, 33 of which must be fulfilled at the 300-level or above.  

I. Core 21 hrs


A. Introduction. Take IS101 and one of the other courses listed.

IS 101 Introduction to International Studies G

GE 109 Cultural Geography

PO 141 Introduction to International Politics

PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics

TI 250-RL Religions of the World

SW 220-COB 01 The Economy and Society

B. International Arrangements and Interactions. Two of the following courses:

(two disciplines must be represented)

EC 336 Comparative Economic Systems (additional pre-requisite: permission of the instructor)

IS 390 United Nations and Other International Organizations

JR 417 International Communications

IB 320 International Business Environment (additional pre-requisite: permission of the instructor)

IB 321 The North American Business Environment (additional prerequisite: permission of the instructor)

PO 322 International Conflict and Peace Building

SO 355 International Crime

C. Research Methods Course

One of the following research methods course:

AN 350 Anthropological Methods

COM 356 Communication Research Methods

HS 357 Historical Method and Historiography

PO 201 Research and Analysis

SO 393 Research Methods Seminar

D. International Relations and Diplomacy. One of the following courses:

HS 381 U.S Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century

PO 355 US Foreign Policy

PO 320 International Relations

PL 364 Ethics and International Relations

E. Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year)

IS 410W The Global Society

Pre-requisites: IS 101, another course from A, and at least one 300 level course.

(This course is cross-listed with SO 355 and AN 335)


II. International Studies Area Courses

  1. 18 hrs from two of the following areas (9 hours in each area-two disciplines must be represented.)

1. Africa

AN 360 Peoples and Cultures of Africa

HST 320 History of Africa

HST 425 Modern Africa

FR 485 Topics in Francophone Studies

PO 350 African Politics

2. Asia

AN 329 Japanese Popular Culture

AN 365 Peoples and Cultures of China

AN 366 Peoples and Cultures of Asia

FL 320 Chinese Civilization

HS 358 Modern Middle East History

HS 369 Peoples and Cultures of China

HS 370 China and the World

HS 372 History of Vietnam

HS 374 Asian Revolutions in Fiction and Film

HS 385 Pacific War

IB 323 Contemporary Business Issues in East Asia (additional prerequisite: permission of the instructor)

RL 353 Buddhism

RL 354 Islam: Religion, Culture, Society

3. Europe

EC 438 Economic History of Europe

EN 381 Modern British Literature

FR 320 Topics in French and Francophone Cultures

FR 345 France and the Francophone World: 1900 to present

FR 465 20th Century French Novel

FR 475 20th Century French Drama

GR 340 Germany 1871 to the present

GR 342 Major Trends in Modern German Literature

GR 475 Seminar in 20th Century German Literature

HS 308 England Since 1714

HS 317 Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia

HS 318 Modern Germany

HS 319 Contemporary Germany: Division and Reunification

HS 329/330 20th Century European History

HS 362 European Ideas Since the Enlightenment

IS 301 Model European Union

PO 370 Governments of Europe

SO 333 European Societies

SP 440 Contemporary Spanish Studies

SP 340 Spain: 1700 to the Present

4. Latin America

AN 362 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

PO 360 Political Regimes in Latin America

PO 364 Popular Participation in Latin America

PO 362 United States-Latin American Relations

SO 331 Latin American Societies

SP 345 Hispanic Masterpieces

SP 355 Spanish-American Culture: South America

SP 360 Hispanic Film (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

SP 365 Hispanic Short Story (will count when at least 3/4 of content focuses on Latin America)

SP 370 Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies

SP 450 Topics in Spanish-American Studies

SP 460 Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies

5. Foreign Languages

Nine hours at the 300/400 level on one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University.  Classes in other languages such as Arabic and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area.

  1. One elective (3hrs.) to be chosen from the following or any course in I or  II-A above:

AN 302 The Body and Society

AN 310 Family, Household, and Other Social Relationships

AN 320 Gender and Sexuality in Globalization

AN 340 Ethnographic Arts

EC 433 International Economics (Prerequisite or permission of the instructor)

EN 321, 322/421, 422 Comparative World Literature

FN 451 International Financial Management (additional pre-requisites: FN 340 and permission of the instructor)

IB 367 Legal Aspects of International business (additional pre-requisite: permission of instructor)

IB 460 International Organizational Behavior (additional pre-req: permission of instructor)

MK 491 International Marketing (additional pre-req: permission of instructor)

PO 302 Third World Politics

SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations

SO 343 Popular Culture: A Comparative Study

SO 349 Recent Social Movements: A Comparative Study

III. Special International Studies Courses

May include:

IS 401, 402, and 403- Independent Study in International Studies (1,2, or 3 hours)

IS 404, and 405- Internship in International Studies (3 or 6 hours)

IS 470-Selected Topics in International Studies (3 hrs) pre-requisite: consent of instructor

IS 499- Honors Thesis (3 hrs)

IV. Study Abroad-Highly recommended

Experience abroad is strongly encourages or all International Studies students. This may be in the form of attendance at a foreign college or university, an international internship, independent travel connected with an approved independent stud project, or participation in approved foreign study tour. Credits from those experiences abroad usually count toward fulfilling the requirements of the major or minor.

V. Model United Nations and Model European Union-Highly recommended

International Studies majors can participate in the Model United Nations and the Model European Union. We have participated in the Model United Nations organized by McGill Univeersity in Montreal, and Universty of Toronto, Canada. The in the last three years we have attended the Model UN organized by Harvard University in Boston. The Model European Union is held in Indianapolis. these two events play a very important role in the formation of students interested in international issues, because they learn the rules of negotiation and diplomacy as well as the workings of the United Nations and the European Union. The cost for participating in these events (registration, airfare, and lodging) is covered by the International Studies budget.