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International StudiesMajor

Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete36
Courses Required11
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  1. The Political Science Department requires all its International Studies majors to complete the following foundational courses:
    • QTM 100: Introduction to Statistical Inference
    • POLS 110: Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS 111: Principles of Political Science
    • POLS 208: Political Science Research Methods
  2. All International Studies majors must also complete:
    • one research course (POLS 394/494 or "RSCH" in title and on IS approved list)
    • one POLS elective at any level (on IS approved list)
    • two upper-level POLS electives (300+ and on IS approved list)
    • three upper-level POLS (300+) or non-POLS electives at any level (on IS approved list)
  3. Modern foreign language requirement: IS majors must pass one course (202 level or above) in which the language of instruction is other than English.

Additional Requirements and Procedures

  1. No more than four 100-level courses (not including QTM 100) may be used to satisfy the major.
  2. A minimum of seven courses must be taken at Emory University or Oxford College. International Studies majors may get credit for up to four courses taken outside of Emory (study abroad programs, Bard Globalization and International Affairs and Washington Semester Programs, transfer and transient credits) that have been approved by the department.
  3. Students may not double major in Political Science and International Studies, nor may a student major in International Studies and minor in Political Science.
  4. No courses taken pass/fail (S/U) may count toward the major. This means that courses taken abroad in non-Emory approved programs, which as such receive only S/U grades, cannot count toward the major. The only exception is the Washington Semester Program or the Bard International Affairs and Globalization Program. Students may use up to eight hours (or two courses) of Washington Semester credit or Bard credit as elective credit towards the Political Science Major.
  5. One elective course can be satisfied by a POLS 496: Internship or a POLS 497: Directed Study. In addition, one elective course can be satisfied by a POLS 387: CLSS Independent Research or POLS 388: Research in Political Science.
  6. Major status does not guarantee enrollment in any particular course. Some classes may require course prerequisites or other requirements for enrollment.
  7. Students are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
  8. Each student majoring in International Studies will be assigned an advisor and will be expected to consult with that advisor in designing a plan of study.
  9. Each semester, prior to pre-registration advising, the department will issue a list of IS approved courses to be offered the next semester (permanent and variable topic Political Science courses as well as cognate courses in other departments) that may be used to satisfy the International Studies requirements. This list will be displayed on departmental bulletin boards, distributed to International Studies majors, distributed to departmental advisors, and posted on the Department's web site. Records of approved courses by semester will be maintained in the departmental office as well as on the Department's web site. Decisions on qualifying courses will be made by a committee of International Studies faculty from the Department of Political Science. This practice will be followed to ensure that the full range of International Studies courses in any one semester, many of them non-permanent offerings, will be available to students and credited toward the requirements for the major.
  10. International Studies majors are eligible to participate in the Political Science Honors Program in order to receive Honors in International Studies. Honors Program students may use an appropriate graduate seminar to satisfy the advanced seminar requirement.

Note on the Modern Foreign Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language at a level equivalent to two years of college study. This will be satisfied by passing one course at the 202 level (or its equivalent) or above. Courses taken to achieve the required foreign language proficiency do not count toward the requirement that 36 hours of international studies courses be completed, nor are the grades used in calculating the major grade point average. Students may take this course pass/fail, if not required to fulfill a general education requirement.