The International Studies major enables undergraduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary and comparative study of foreign cultures, languages, and societies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. Students majoring in this interdisciplinary degree program will complete a set of required courses that provide the framework for a better understanding of global affairs. This framework is built upon courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and research methods.
Beyond the core course requirements, the major permits students to select elective courses from one of six thematic or regional study concentrations:1. Asian Studies2. European Studies3. Latin American Studies4. Middle East and African Studies5. International Relations and Politics6. Foreign Language and CultureFinally, students complete a required capstone experience in their senior year. (Please note: most required courses for the major, including the capstone seminar, are offered only once per year.)
Foreign language proficiency is required to earn a degree in International Studies. Specific information about foreign language requirements can be found in the official international studies programs of study in the UNF catalog, as linked above.
Students must also complete an approved international educational experience from one of the following options:1. Successful completion of an UNF-sponsored study abroad program;2. Successful completion of a study abroad program sponsored by another university;3. Successful completion of a student exchange program abroad;4. Successful completion of a language study abroad program;5. Completion of an internship program abroad;6. Successful completion of a United States-based international experience. (Note: International students must complete a United States-based international experience.)
It is difficult to earn a degree in International Studies by attending classes only at night; intermediate language courses and some core courses are available only during the day.
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