International Studies, Bachelor of Arts

A major in International Studies must meet or exceed the requirements for a major as specified by the College of Arts and Sciences, including at least 18 upper division credit hours. Beyond the core courses and foreign language classes, the curriculum for INST majors is constructed of those courses that have an international focus in disciplines such as history, political science, geography/geology, sociology, management, marketing, economics, philosophy and religion, English, and related courses in the fine arts and humanities.

Each INST major must first choose a Concentration in either Area Studies or Global Strategic Studies. No additional concentrations are required, although many INST majors choose to combine two Concentrations. Students majoring in International Studies (INST) are encouraged to discuss the diverse Concentration options available to satisfy the requirements for the INST Major with the INST Major advising staff and members of the International Studies Faculty.

Degree Requirements

All coursework taken for the International Studies major must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.

Foreign Language Requirements:

Three years of one foreign language (22 credit hours) or two years of two foreign languages (32 credit hours).  If a student is a native speaker of another language, formal foreign language study may not be required.

Core Curriculum
INST 2130INTERNATIONAL STUDIES3
INST 4140TOPICS IN INTERNATNL STUDIES3
GEOG 1020INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY3
PSCI 2210INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
ECON 2200PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO)3
ECON 2220PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MACRO)3
 

In addition to the degree requirements, each INST major must choose at least one Concentration from among the options listed below. One of the options chosen must be either an Area Studies Concentration or the Global Strategic Studies Concentration.

Area Studies (AS) Concentration

This Concentration offers the opportunity to focus on one or more areas of regional interest. Examples: Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, Western Europe, East Asia, Central Asia-South Asia (CASA), the Middle East, and the Muslim World. It may be possible to work out other areas of concentration, depending on the availability of relevant courses at a given time. Individuals opting for an Area Studies Concentration must complete at least 15 hours of 3000-4000 level courses on the region they select. At least one foreign language studied by those selecting this Concentration must be associated with the area chosen.

Global Strategic Studies (GSS) Concentration

This Concentration is designed for individuals interested in careers in government, national security and intelligence, in teaching in secondary and higher education, and in graduate school studies in any of these areas.

In addition to the INST core courses, students will complete at least 15 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework from the following choices and other courses deemed appropriate:
ECON/GEOG 3130ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY3
ECON 4610INTERNATIONAL TRADE3
ECON 4620INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS3
ECON 4660INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT3
GEOG 3930POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 4630ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING4
HIST 4350AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY3
HIST 4710EUROPE AND AMERICA IN TWO WORLD WARS3
PSCI 3220INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS3
PSCI 3260UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY3
PSCI 3920SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
PSCI 4920ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE1-3

Additional Concentration Options

International Management and Business Leadership (IMBL) Concentration

This Concentration is recommended for individuals interested in careers in international business and commerce, in government, with international organizations and foundations, and international hotel management. Students choosing this Concentration may take courses from the areas of International Finance, International Marketing, International Management, and Economics, as well as related courses in Political Science, Geography, History, and Sociology. Students choosing to concentrate in IMBL must add the following to their core courses:

ACCT 2010PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I3
ACCT 2020PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II3
And must complete at least 15 hours of 3000-4000 level business courses15
Total Credits21

International Nonprofit Management and Leadership (INML)

The International Nonprofit Management and Leadership option is recommended for individuals interested in careers with international non-profit organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), or Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs).

The following coursework must also be completed (30 total hours):
ACCT 2010PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I3
MKT 3200BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS3
MGMT 3490MANAGEMENT3
MGMT 3510HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
MKT 3310PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
PA 3500NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND MANAGEMENT3
PA 4500NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING3
INST 3000PERSPECTIVES IN INT STUDY1-3
Select one of the following:3
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
PERSUASION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION-US
Select one of the following:3
SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY

Global IT Leadership and Management (GITLM) Concentration

The education and training of globally savvy professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is important for the long-term viability of many American firms today. The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) and UNO's International Studies have joined to offer an interdisciplinary "Global IT Leadership Management" (GITLM) concentration. The GITLM will foster the integration of technology and internationalization through an interdisciplinary program offered through intercampus collaboration with UNO's sister-universities in Norway, India, Germany, Austria, and China. GITLM will bring a global perspective to the Information Technology curriculum and add a technology component to the international studies major.

Students concentrating in GITLM will be required to add the following to the general INST core classes:
Required Courses
CIST 1400INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I3
CIST 2100ORGANIZATIONS, APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY3
Additional 3000-4000 level courses:
ISQA 3310MANAGING THE DATABASE ENVIRONMENT3
ISQA 3420MANAGING IN A DIGITAL WORLD3
ISQA 3910INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT3
ISQA 4380DISTRIBUTED TECHNOLOGIES AND SYSTEMS3
INST 3000PERSPECTIVES IN INT STUDY 11-3
Required Capstone
ISQA 4500SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN INFOMATION SYSTEMS AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS2-3
Total Credits21-24
1

 Note regarding INST 3000: For students unable to study abroad, ISQA 4130, will be substituted.