International Studies

http://internationalstudies.wvu.edu/

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts 

Nature of the Program

The international studies major is composed of internationally oriented courses drawn from several disciplinary and interdisciplinary study areas.  Students take courses from departments such as economics, geography, history, political science, sociology/anthropology, and world languages.

Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; a list of all available minors and their requirements is available at http://catalog.wvu.edu/undergraduate/minors/. Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

Study Abroad and Internships

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for professional internships and study abroad, which may be undertaken for academic credit (often fulfilling specific course requirements for the major) with the approval of students’ designated international studies advisers. Through internships, students gain first-hand knowledge of private and business organizations engaged in international social, economic, and governmental affairs.  To experience another society and in many cases to improve their foreign language capabilities, students may also study abroad for a summer, one semester, or an entire academic year.  Interested students should consult their international studies adviser.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen are admitted directly into the major. Students admitted from Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success or another major must have a 2.00 GPA.  Please see an International Studies adviser.

Benchmark Expectations

For their third semester in the program, students should have completed or be registered for: POLS 260, BUSA 201 or ECON 201, one additional course from the core list, and made progress toward the world language requirement.  All majors must meet with an INTS adviser each semester (double majors should meet with both advisers).  Students who do not meet these requirements may be removed from their major.

Click here to view the Suggested Plan of Study 

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements,visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in International Studies

  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major: Students must obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, with a grade of C- or better in all courses counted toward the major.
     
  • Area of Emphasis: Students must declare an area of emphasis.
     
  • Regional Focus: Students must select a regional focus.     
                                                                                
  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the International Studies admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS31
First Year Seminar
GEF: number of classes will vary depending on overlap
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Foreign Language
Fine Arts Requirement
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Core Courses13
Orientation to International Studies
Introduction to International Relations
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Empirical Political Analysis
Social Research Methods
Select one of the following courses:
World Regions
Physical Geography
Society and Food
Global Political Issues
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to National Security
Introduction to World Religons
Introduction to Anthropology
Area of Emphasis18
Select an area of emphasis (18 credits)
Regional Focus 9
Select a regional focus (9 hours) from Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe, or The Americas
AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST (Select one class from 3 of the 4 following categories)
Language
Arabic Conversation 1
Arabic Conversation 2
Structure and Communication
Advanced Readings
History
The Middle East
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa from 1885
Politics
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Culture
African Women Writers
Francophone Literature in Translation
Modern Arabic Literature
Arab Women Writers
Language Through Civilization
Language Through Culture
Geography of Africa
Geography of the Middle East
African Environment and Development
History and Practice of Islam
Studies in Islamic Scriptures
ASIA (Select one class from 3 of the 4 following categories)
Language
Third Year Chinese 1
Conversation and Composition 1
History
East Asia: An Introduction
Modern South Asia
Modern China
Modern Japan
Politics
Government of Japan
Government of China
Far East International Affairs
Culture
Readings in Modern Chinese 1
Introduction to Japanese Culture
Chinese Civilization and Culture
Japanese Literature Translation
Chinese Literature in Translation 2
Religions of India
Religions of China and Japan
Studies in Asian Scriptures
EUROPE (Select one class from 3 of the 4 following categories)
Language
Structure and Communication
Advanced Readings
Composition and Conversation
Advanced Conversation
Conversations in Context 1: Germany and its Past
Conversations in Context 2: Germany Today
Conversation and Composition 1
Advanced Structure and Reading 1
Readings in Spanish
Writing in the Hispanic World
History
Twentieth Century Europe
History of Russia: 1900-Present
History of Modern Germany
France Since 1815
Twentieth Century German Central Europe
Eastern Europe Since 1945
USSR and After: 1953 to Present
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Politics
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Politics of the European Union
Western Democratic Governments
European Union Law/Legal Systems
European Union Law/Institutions
Culture
German Literature in Translation 2
German Literature Since World War II
French Literature in Translation 2
French Women Writers
Russian Literature Translation 2
Language Through Civilization
Language Through Culture
Geography of Europe
Communication through Culture: Building the German Nation
Stories and Histories: Reading and Writing German- Speaking Culture
Language Through Culture
Survey of Russian Literature
Russian Culture
THE AMERICAS (Select one class from 3 of the 4 following categories)
Language
Readings in Spanish
Writing in the Hispanic World
History
Latin America: Past and Present
North America: Past and Present
Latin America: Reform and Revolution
History of Modern Mexico
Politics
Governments of Latin America
Culture
Cultures of Mexico
Latin Literature Translation 2
Spanish Literature Translation 1
Latin American Literature
Brazilian Literature Translation
Latin American Literature and Violence
Latin American Culture
Capstone Experience3
Capstone International Studies
GENERAL ELECTIVES34
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 23GEF 23
Foreign Language 1013GEF 33
INTS 1991GEF 53
Core Elective 13Foreign Language 1023
General Elective1 
General Elective 3 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3AoE Course 13
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3Foreign Language 2043
Foreign Language 2033BUSA 201 or ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
POLS 260 (ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement and GEC 7)3GEF 8*3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF 8*3GEF 8*3
AoE Course 23AoE Course 33
Regional Course 13AoE Course 43
POLS 300 or SOCA 3113Regional Course 23
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AoE Course 53INTS 4883
Regional Course 33AoE Course 63
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120
*

 Students completing a minor, a second major or a dual degree already meet F 8.

Areas of Emphasis

Majors are required to select an area of emphasis for specialized advanced study.

Global Affairs

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AREA OF EMPHASIS

AREA OF EMPHASIS: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS18
Select six of the following courses from at least two disciplines:
Environmental Biology
Survey of Accounting
Health Communication
Principles of Macroeconomics
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
International Economics
Economic Development
Elements of Environmental Protection
Environmental Geoscience
Climate and Environment
Economic Geography
Political Geography
Rural and Regional Development
Global Environmental Change
Twentieth Century American Foreign Relations
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Environmental Policy
International Political Economy
International Law and Institutions
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Law
American Foreign Relations
Introduction to Public and Community Health
Global Perspectives of Public Health
Epidemiology for Public Health
Sociology of Globalization
Environmental Anthropology
Society and Health
Women in International Development
Principles of Conservation Ecology
Total Hours18


 

Security and diplomacy Area of Emphasis Requirements

AREA OF EMPHASIS: SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY18
Select six of the following courses from at least two disciplines:
Political Geography
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
Intelligence Analysis Methods
International Political Economy
International Law and Institutions
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Law
American Foreign Relations
Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Politics of War and Peace
Transformation of War
Terrorism
Total Hours18

Major Learning Goals

International Studies
 

Knowledge

  • Students will apply theories and concepts drawn from appropriate disciplines such as political science, history, economics, geography, and sociology to international affairs.
  • Students will display substantive knowledge of global and/or regional challenges through synthesis of the history, culture, society, geography, politics, and economy of a major world region. 

Skills

  • Students will demonstrate basic receptive and productive proficiency (four or more semesters) in a language appropriate for their chosen regional focus.
  • Students will apply interdisciplinary social science research methods, including using library databases to find relevant literature, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of academic arguments, and applying basic quantitative and qualitative methods to make solid, evidence-based decisions.

Attitudes

  • Students will exhibit the intellectual and ethical responsibilities of active global citizenship.

Africa and the Middle East

Minor Code - U019

Courses must be taken in at least three disciplines/departments, and all FLIT, FCLT, and foreign language courses are considered to be in one discipline/department.

A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
Foundation Course
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Specialized Courses:
Select four of the following from at least three disciplines:12
Group I
Economic Development
Group II
Geography of Africa
Rural and Regional Development
Group III
East Africa to 1895
East Africa Since 1895
Pre-Colonial Africa
Colonial Africa and Independence
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Group IV
Music of Africa
Group V
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Group VI
History and Practice of Islam
Group VII
Traditional and Changing Africa
Group VIII
Women in International Development
Total Hours15

The Americas

MINOR CODE-U020

Courses must be taken in at least three disciplines/departments, all FLIT, FCLT, and foreign language courses are considered to be in one discipline/department.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses
Foundation Course
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Specialized Courses:
Select four of the following (at least three must be from different disciplines/departments)12
Group I
Economic Development
Group II
Spanish American Literature in Translation 1
Spanish American Literature in Translation 2
Brazilian Literature Translation
Latin American Culture
Modern Spanish American Literature
Commercial Spanish
Caribbean Literature
SPAN 494 - Seminar (subject matter changes)
Group III
United States and Canada
Rural and Regional Development
Group IV
Latin America: Culture, Conquest, Colonization
Latin America: Reform and Revolution
Group V
Governments of Latin America
Group VI
Latin American Culture
Group VII
Women in International Development
Total Hours15

Asia

Minor Code - U021

Courses must be taken in at least three disciplines/departments, all FLIT, FCLT, and foreign language courses are considered to be in one discipline/department.

Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor, with a grade of C- or better in all required courses.
Foundation Course:
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Specialiazed Courses:
Select four of the following (at least three must be from different disciplines/departments)12
Group I
Economic Development
Group II
Japanese Literature Translation
Chinese Literature Translation 1
Group III
Rural and Regional Development
Group IV
Modern China
Modern Japan
Group V
Government of Japan
Government of China
Far East International Affairs
Group VI
Religions of India
Religions of China and Japan
Group VII
Women in International Development
Total Hours15

Europe

Minor Code - U022

Courses must be taken in at least three disciplines/departments, all FLIT, FCLT, and foreign language courses are considered to be in one discipline/department.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses
Foundation Course
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Specialized Courses
Select four of the following (at least three must be from different disciplines/departments)12
Group I
German Literature in Translation 1
German Literature in Translation 2
French Literature in Translation 1
French Literature in Translation 2
Italian Literature Translation 1
Italian Literature Translation 2
Russian Literature Translation 1
Russian Literature Translation 2
Spanish Literature Translation 1
Spanish Literature Translation 2
Women Writers of Spain
Survey of Literature 1
Survey of Literature 2
Contemporary Culture
Commercial French 1
German Literature: Fables/Fairy Tales/Enlightenment -Romanticism
German Literature: Since Romanticism
German for Business
Professional Life in Germany
German Cultural History: 350-1700
German Cultural History Since 1945
Survey of Russian Literature
Survey of Russian Literature
Culture of Spain
Modern Literature of Spain
Commercial Spanish
Group II
Absolutism & Enlightenment
Revolutionary Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
History of Russia to 1917
History of Russia: 1900-Present
History of Modern Germany
France from 1450 to 1750
France Since 1815
The French Wars of Religion
World War II in Europe
Eastern Europe Since 1945
Revolutionary Russia: 1900-1953
USSR and After: 1953 to Present
Hitler and the Third Reich
Twentieth-Century Germany from Weimar to Bonn
Eighteenth Century Britain: 1715-1832
Group III
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Politics of the European Union
Group IV
Women in International Development
Total Hours15

Development Studies

Minor Code - U023

Courses must be taken in at least three disciplines/departments, all FLIT, FCLT, and foreign language courses are considered to be in one discipline/department.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses
Foundation Course
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Comparative Economic Systems
Political Geography
Global Issues
American Foreign Relations to 1941
American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to International Relations
American Foreign Relations
Politics of War and Peace
Specialized Courses:
Select four of the following (at least three must be from different disciplines/departments)12
Group I
Economic Development
Group II
Geography of Africa
Rural and Regional Development
Geography of Gender
Group III
Latin America: Reform and Revolution
Colonial Africa and Independence
Modern China
East Africa Since 1895
West Africa to 1885
West Africa from 1885
Group IV
Government of China
Governments of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Africa
Group V
Latin American Culture
Traditional and Changing Africa
Group VI
Women in International Development
Total Hours15

Courses

INTS 191. First-Year Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.

INTS 199. Orientation to International Studies. 1,2 Hour.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

INTS 288. Professional Development: Success After International Studies. 1 Hour.

PR: INTS 199. Students develop professional skills, both oral and written, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, conducting a successful job search, and the graduate school application process. Designed for international studies majors.

INTS 293A-H. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

INTS 360. The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs. 3 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the WVU Strasbourg Semester. An introduction to the European Union with a focus on its involvement in contemporary European affairs, including foreign policy, economic, and human rights concerns and issues. Taught as part of the WVU Strasbourg Semester, with site visits to EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, and Luxembourg.

INTS 361. European Identity and French-German Cooperation along the Rhine. 3 Hours.

Examination of European identity as the basis of cooperation between Germany and France since 1945. Class will examine the forms of cooperation through lectures and site visits in Germany and France. Emphasis is on the historical and cultural sources of cooperation after WWI and WWII as well as the rise of the European Union.

INTS 488A. Capstone International Studies. 1-3 Hours.

Capstone experience required for all majors. Options include study abroad, internships, simulations, and senior research projects.

INTS 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a Maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

INTS 493A-L. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.


Faculty

Director

  • Clarissa Estep - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Department of Political Science

Professors

  • Joe D. Hagan - Ph.D (University of Kentucky)
    Barnette Professor in Political Science
  • Clifford Hawley - Ph.D. (Duke University)
    Chair, Department of Economics

Associate Professors

  • R. Scott Crichlow - Ph.D. (Louisiana State University)
    Chair, Department of Political Science
  • Karen Culcasi - Ph.D. (University of Florida)
    Department of Geology and Geography
  • Christina Fattore - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
    Department of Political Science
  • David M. Hauser - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Department of Political Science
  • Daniel Renfrew - Ph.D. (Binghamton University, State University of New York)
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Àngel T. Tuninetti - Ph.D. (Washington University)
    Chair, Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics

Assistant Professors

  • Boris Barkanov - Ph.D. (University of California, Berkley)
    Department of Political Science
  • William Hal Gorby - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Department of History
  • Mason W. Mosley - Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University)
    Department of Political Science