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Major

The curriculum for the International Studies major in highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon courses in economics, geography, history, political science, religious studies, sociology and anthropology, world languages, and more. Students majoring in international studies complete a total 120 hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Curriculum Overview

There are four basic components in the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. Students enter the major with the program’s introductory core classes, complete coursework in an area of emphasis and a regional focus area, and then complete a Capstone requirement. For more detailed information, please see the Course Catalog.

1. Introductory Core Classes (14 credits)

  • Introduction to International Studies (INTS 199)
  • Professional Development: Success After International Relations (INTS 288)
  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS 260)
  • Social Science Research Methods (INTS 388, POLS 300, or SOCA 311)
  • Survey of Economics (BUSA 201) or Microeconomics (ECON 201)
  • One of the following (depending on chosen area of emphasis) -  GEOG 102 (World Regions), GEOG 107 (Physical Geography), HN&F 126 (Society and Food), POLS 103 (Global Political Issues), POLS 250 (Intro to Comparative Politics), POLS 261 (Intro to National Security), RELG 102 (Introduction-World Religions), SOCA 105 (Introduction to Anthropology)

2. Area of Emphasis(18 credits)

3. Regional Focus (9 credits)

4. Capstone (1-3 credits)

All International Studies majors must complete INTS 488 to meet the university-wide capstone requirement for graduation. This can be satisfied in one of the following ways: a study abroad experience, an internship, a research project, or participation in a course structured around an international simulation, e.g. Model UN or other simulation course. Each of these activities includes a project in which a student employs analytic skills from several of the disciplines that make up international studies.


For students entering WVU prior to Fall 2017, please visit your DegreeWorks audit or course catalog for the year you entered WVU.