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International Studies Requirements

View the International Studies Course Catalog

Requirements for the Major

The major consists of 42 hours, 33 of which must be fulfilled at the 300 level or above.

Core (21 hours)

Introduction (A): IS101 Introduction to International Studies or SW270--IS Understanding Global Issues and one of the following courses:

  • PO102, Introduction to Peace Studies
  • PO141, Introduction to International Politics
  • PO151, Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • SW205-GE, Cultural Geography, Regions of the World
  • SW215-AN, Being Human: Anthropological Approaches to Life & Meaning
  • SW220-EC, The Economy and Society
  • TI250-RL, Religions of the World

International Arrangements and Interactions (B): IS390, United Nations and Other International Organizations, plus one of the following courses. A course cannot count for both B and D.

  • AN304, Medical Anthropology
  • AN315, Gender and Colonialism
  • AN320, Gender and Sexuality in Globalization
  • AN326, Youth Conflict, Global Cinema
  • BSHS493, Global Health
  • CCM482 Voices of Dissent and Social Change (can either count for B or D)
  • EC433/IB433, International Economics
  • HST327, History of Human Rights (can either count for B or D)
  • HST353, The American Empire (can either count for B or D)
  • HST401, Senior Capstone: Global Empires (can either count for B or D)IB320, International Business Environment
  • JR325, Gender and News: Global Views
  • JR417, Global Media
  • MH308, Music in Global Contexts
  • PL364, Ethics & International Relations (can also count as a D)
  • PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building (can also count as a D)
  • PO352, Comparative Political Economy
  • PO354, Environmental Justice (can also count as a D)
  • PO357, Politics of Youth and Conflict (can also count as a D)SO334, Immigration (can also count as a D)
  • SO355, International Crime
  • STR405, Global Strategic Communication

Research Methods (C): One of the following:

  • AN352, Ethnography
  • HST301 Historiography
  • PO201, Research and Analysis
  • RL381, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar

International Relations and Diplomacy (D): Take one of the following courses. A course cannot count for both B and D.

  • CCM482 Voices of Dissent and Social Change (can either count for B or D)
  • HST327, History of Human Rights (can either count for B or D)
  • HST353, The American Empire (can either count for B or D)
  • HST401, Senior Capstone: Global Empires (can either count for B or D)
  • PL364, Ethics and International Relations (can either count for B or D)
  • PO320, International Relations
  • PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building (can either count for B or D)
  • PO354, Environmental Justice (can either count for B or D)
  • PO355, U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PO357, Politics of Youth and Conflict (can either count for B or D)
  • PO380, Topics in PO: Humanitarianism
  • PO490, Seminar in PO: The Politics of Human Rights
  • SO334, Immigration (can either count for B or D)

Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year) (E): IS410, The Global Society (Prerequisites: IS101, and at least one 300-level course.)

International Studies Area Courses

18 hours from two of the following areas (9 hours in each area; two disciplines must be represented):

  • Africa and the Middle East
    • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • FR318, Introduction to Francophone Cultures
    • IS430, Islam and Human Rights
    • IS450, Middle East and North Africa
    • IS470, Topics in IS: North Africa and the Middle East in Film
    • PO350, African Politics
    • PO351, African Gender and Sex Politics
    • PO386, Black Political Thought
  • Asia
    • AN322, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Japan
    • AN329, Japanese Popular Culture
    • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • CN320, Youth Culture in Chinese Movies
    • FL320, Chinese Civilization
    • HST217, Chinese Civilization
    • HST371, Modern China
    • HST375, The Vietnam Wars
    • IB323, Contemporary Business in East Asia
    • PO324, The United States in the Asia Pacific
    • PO380, Topics in PO: Frenemies: China and the U.S.
    • RL353, Buddhism Past and Present
    • RL354, Islam: Religion, Culture, Society
    • RL363, Religion, Politics, and Conflict in South Asia
    • RL377, Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia
  • Europe
    • FR316, Survey of French Civilization
    • FR320, Contemporary French Culture
    • FR345, France and the Francophone World: 1900 to the Present
    • GR320, Contemporary German Authors
    • GR330, Children’s Literature
    • GR340, German Studies II: Nation and Identity
    • GR360, German Film
    • GR475, Topics in German Studies: The 20th Century
    • HST305, Topics in History: Back in the USSR
    • HST315, Europe in the Renaissance
    • HST319, French Revolution and Napoleon
    • HST320, Enlightenment and Romanticism
    • HST322, 20th Century Europe
    • HST323, Modern France
    • HST324, Modern Germany
    • IB210, Business in the European Union
    • IS301, Model European Union
    • PO380, Topics in PO: Western European Politics
    • SO333, European Societies
    • SP340, Spain: 1700 to the Present
    • SP345, Analysis of Literary Genres
    • SP360, Hispanic Film
    • SP365, Hispanic Short Story
    • SP440: Topics: Contemporary Spanish Studies
  • Latin America
    • HST305, Topics in HST: Latin America: The World’s Lungs?
    • HST365, Latin America through Film
    • HST367, Geographies of Desire
    • HST401, Senior Capstone: Tourist, (Im)migrants, Narcos
    • IB495, Special Topics in International Business: Business in Latin America
    • SO331, Latin American Societies
    • SP345, Analysis of Literary Genres
    • SP350, Spanish American Culture: Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
    • SP355, Spanish-American Culture
    • SP360, Hispanic Film (will count when at least three-quarters of content focuses on Latin America)
    • SP365, Hispanic Short Story (will count when at least three-quarters of content focuses on Latin America)
    • SP370, Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies
    • SP450, Topics in Spanish-American Studies
    • SP460, Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies

Foreign Language: Nine (9) hours at the 300–400 level in one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University. Classes in other languages such as Arabic, Italian, and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area. A language course counting for an area course other than Foreign Language cannot also count towards the Foreign Language area.

Electives: One elective (3 hrs) to be chosen from the following or any course in an International Studies Area above:

  • EN321, EN322, EN421, and EN422, Comparative World Literature
  • EN322, Gender and Migration
  • EN394, Special Topics in Film: Global Arts Cinema
  • FN451/IB451, International Finance Management
  • IB367, Legal Aspects of International Business
  • IB451, International Finance Management
  • IB491, International Marketing
  • MK491, International Marketing
  • RL392, Seminar on Religion and World Civilizations; Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation in Global Perspective
  • SO323, Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO343, Popular Culture: A Comparative Study

Special International Studies Courses (Recommended, but not required), which may include:

  • IS401, IS402, and IS403: Independent Study in International Studies
  • IS404 and IS405, Internship in International Studies
  • IS470, Selected Topics in International Studies (prerequisite: permission of the instructor)
  • IS499, Honors Thesis

Study Abroad

(highly recommended)

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

Model United Nations, Model Arab League, and Model European Union

(highly recommended)

International studies majors can participate in these three events, which 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, Arab League, and European Union. The cost for participating in these events (registration, airfare, and lodging) is covered by the International Studies budget.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 21 hours, 15 of which must be fulfilled at the 300 level or above.

Core (12 hours)

Introduction: IS101, Introduction to International Studies or SW270-IS, Understanding Global Issues

International Arrangements and Interactions. Take IS390 United Nations and Other International Organizations and one of the following:

  • AN304, Medical Anthropology
  • AN315, Gender and Colonialism
  • AN320, Gender and Sexuality in Globalization
  • AN326, Youth Conflict, Global Cinema
  • BSHS493, Global Health
  • CCM482 Voices of Dissent and Social Change
  • EC433/IB433, International Economics
  • HST327, The History of Human Rights
  • HST353, The American Empire
  • HST401, Senior Capstone: Global Empires
  • IB320, International Business Environment
  • JR325, Gender and News: Global Views
  • JR417, Global Media
  • MH308, Music in Global Contexts
  • PL364, Ethics & International Relations
  • PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building
  • PO352, Comparative Political Economy
  • PO354, Environmental Justice
  • PO357, The Politics of Youth & Conflict
  • SO334, Immigration
  • SO355, International Crime
  • STR405, Global Strategic Communication

Capstone Course (to be taken in the junior or senior year). IS410W, The Global Society (Prerequisites: IS101, and at least one 300-level course.)

International Studies Area Courses

(9 hours; take courses from at least two different areas)

  • Africa and the Middle East
    • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • FR318, Introduction to Francophone Cultures
    • IS430, Islam and Human Rights
    • IS450, Middle East and North Africa
    • IS470, Topics in IS: North Africa and the Middle East in Film
    • PO350, African Politics
    • PO351, African Gender and Sex Politics
    • PO386, Black Political Thought
  • Asia
    • AN322, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Japan
    • AN329, Japanese Popular Culture
    • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • CN320, Youth Culture in Chinese Movies

    • FL320, Chinese Civilization
    • HST217, Chinese Civilization

    • HST371, Modern China
    • HST375, The Vietnam Wars

    • IB323, Contemporary Business in East Asia
    • PO324, The United States in the Asia Pacific
    • PO380, Topics in PO: Frenemies: China & the U.S.
    • RL353, Buddhism: Past and Present
    • RL354, Islam: Religion, Culture, Society
    • RL363, Religion, Politics, and Conflict in South Asia
    • RL377, Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia
  • Europe
    • FR316, Survey of French Civilization
    • FR320, Contemporary French Culture
    • FR345, France and the Francophone World: 1900 to the Present
    • GR320, Contemporary German Authors
    • GR330, Children’s Literature
    • GR340, German Studies II: Nation and Identity
    • GR360, German Film
    • GR475, Topics in German Studies: The 20th Century
    • HST305, Topics in History: Back in the USSR
    • HST315, Europe in the Renaissance

    • HST319, French Revolution and Napoleon
    • HST320, Enlightenment and Romanticism
    • HST322, 20th Century Europe
    • HST323, Modern France
    • HST324, Modern Germany
    • IB210, Business in the European Union
    • IS301, Model European Union
    • PO380, Topics in PO: Western European Politics
    • SO333, European Societies
    • SP340, Spain: 1700 to the Present
    • SP345, Analysis of Literary Genres
    • SP360, Hispanic Film
    • SP365, Hispanic Short Story
    • SP440, Contemporary Spanish Studies
  • Latin America
    • HST305, Topics in HST: Latin America: The World’s Lungs?
    • HST365, Latin America through Film
    • HST367, Geographies of Desire
    • HST401, Senior Capstone: Tourist, (Im)migrants, Narcos
    • IB495, Special Topics in International Business: Business in Latin America
    • SO331, Latin American Societies
    • SP345, Analysis of Literary Genres
    • SP350, Spanish-American Culture: Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
    • SP355, Spanish-American Culture
    • SP360, Hispanic Film (will count when at least three-quarters of content focuses on Latin America)
    • SP365, Hispanic Short Story (will count when at least three-quarters of content focuses on Latin America)
    • SP370, Topics in Contemporary Hispanic Societies
    • SP450, Topics in Spanish-American Studies
    • SP460, Topics in 20th Century Spanish-American Studies
  • Foreign Language: Courses at the 300–400 level in one modern foreign language. Classes in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese are offered at Butler University. Classes in other languages such as Arabic, Italian, and Japanese can be taken at other universities in the area. A language course counting for an area course other than Foreign Language cannot also count towards the Foreign Language area.

Special International Studies Courses (Recommended, but not required), which may include:

  • IS401, IS402, and IS403, Independent Study in International Studies
  • IS404 and IS405, Internship in International Studies
  • IS470, Selected Topics in International Studies (prerequisite: permission of the instructor)
  • IS499, Honors Thesis

Study Abroad

(highly recommended)

Experience abroad may be in the form of attendance at a foreign college or university, an international internship, independent travel connected with an approved independent study project, or participation in an approved foreign study tour. Credits from those experiences abroad usually count toward fulfilling the requirements of the minor.

Model United Nations, Model Arab League, and Model European Union

(highly recommended)

International Studies minors can participate in these three events, which 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, Arab League, and European Union. The cost for participating in these events (registration, airfare, and lodging) is covered by the International Studies budget.

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.