The International Studies (I.S.) Program offers an interdisciplinary major intended to prepare students for careers in the global arena. An undergraduate minor in international studies is also available. See the section “Minor Field Requirements ” in this chapter.
The degree is designed to equip graduates with critical skills, flexible thinking, and a cosmopolitan view of world issues, to enable them to work comfortably across linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary borders. To achieve this, the curriculum cuts across traditional departmental divisions, combining insights from different disciplines around a common regional or global concentration. Students are helped to undertake internships, encouraged to study abroad, and recommended to combine the I.S. major with a minor in a second field such as business, mass communication, political science, or engineering. International Studies majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in a study abroad program which can be arranged through the LSU Office of Academic Programs Abroad.
Considerable freedom is allowed in shaping the degree requirements to suit individual geographical and topical interests. However, the precise selection and sequencing of coursework should be planned well in advance, as soon as the major is declared, in consultation with the associate director.
The curriculum comprises the following elements. For additional requirements for general education courses and approved electives, see “Degree Requirements for the College ”:
- Introductory Course (3 hours) - All majors must complete the interdisciplinary introductory course, INTL 2000 or the Honors equivalent INTL 2001 . This is a prerequisite for the junior-level gateway course.
- Core Curriculum (12 hours)– During the freshman and sophomore years, prospective majors must complete the preparatory, multidisciplinary core curriculum by taking five of the following courses: ANTH 1003 or ANTH 2051 , ECON 2030 or ECON 2031 , GEOG 1001 or GEOG 1003 , HIST 1007 , POLI 2053 or POLI 2057 .
- Gateway Course (3 hours)– All majors must complete the junior-level, interdisciplinary gateway course, INTL 3001 . This is a prerequisite for the senior-level capstone seminar.
- Area of Concentration (15 hours)– Courses for the area of concentration should ideally be taken during the junior and senior years or while abroad, and most of the requirements must be completed before admission to the senior capstone seminar. Students may choose from ten concentrations, which have either a regional or global focus.
- Foreign Language (hours vary)– Students must complete two semesters of foreign language in addition to the 4 semester HSS language requirement. All foreign language coursework is normally done in the same language. up to 2 semesters of coursework in languages not offered at LSU may be applied to this requirement with the prior approval of the Associate Director.
- Senior Capstone Course (3 hours)– The senior capstone seminar (INTL 4003 ) is intended for graduating seniors in their final semester. Prerequisites are INTL 3001 .