International Studies

Program Description

The International Studies Minor, housed administratively in the Political Science Department, is an interdisciplinary program for students within all academic disciplines who would like to gain a greater appreciation for the global community and who wish to equip themselves better to perform in that community.  The International Studies minor seeks to broaden the academic perspectives of students and thereby make them sensitive to the complexities of relations and dialogues among different areas and cultures.  Students completing the International Studies minor will be better prepared to view and analyze global conditions and will be capable of creative work in the international field. 

Program Options

Program options are described below.  Since each program is individually designed to meet the academic and career needs of a particular student, both academic advising and individual goal setting are an important part of the minor program. 

Program Option I

Six hours of a foreign language beyond the requirements of student’s degree program or major, plus twelve hours of electives in one or two departments, to form a coherent and logical program of study.

Program Option II

Six hours of a foreign language beyond the requirements of student’s degree program or major, plus twelve hours of electives in up to three different departments, to form a coherent and logical program of study.

Program Option III

Eighteen hours of electives in up to five different departments, to form a coherent and logical program of study.  Three hours of a foreign language is optional, not required.

Required Courses

INTL 2000 Introduction to International Studies:    (2 hours)

An academic introduction to the systematic study of the world as an economic, physical, political, and social unit.  Students will consider a variety of approaches to such study, will plan a course of study for their own minor, and begin bibliographic research in an area of special study which will lead to a Senior Seminar Paper.  This course will be offered every fall semester.

INTL 4000 International Studies Senior Seminar:   (1 hour)

Students and their project advisors will meet one hour a week.  Students will consider methodological questions in writing papers in International Studies.  Successful completion of this course requires the formal presentation of a Senior Seminar Paper.  The seminar will be offered every fall semester. 

Guided Electives 

Course selection and sequence will be approved by the International Studies Program Director. 

Additional information may be obtained from the following:

Dept. of Political Science

301C Rogers-Stout Hall

East Tennessee State University

Box 70651