College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 433, (651) 962-5687
Buhr (POLS), director

This major seeks to give the student a basic understanding of the contemporary international system. It combines study in economics, history and political science with a concentration in one of these fields, along with the study of a foreign language beyond the College’s general education requirement. The program enables students to relate international interests to a broad range of careers including government, international business, nonprofit associations and teaching.

Students graduating with a major in international studies should have adequate preparation for their professional lives, and the capacity for intellectually stimulating lives. They will be capable of critical thought and writing in the discipline. They will have pursued opportunities for broader governmental and international experience, and should be well-prepared to undertake post-baccalaureate studies. 

Major in International Studies

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)
  • HIST 112 The Modern World Since 1550 (4 credits) OR HIST 115 The World Since 1900 (4 credits)
  • IDSC 481 Seminar in International Studies (4 credits)
  • POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective (4 credits)


Twenty-eight credits from the following list or other approved globally-focused courses. A student must choose 16 credits from one discipline, and the remaining 12 must include courses from each of the other two disciplines. 

  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 341 Economics of International Finance (4 credits)
  • ECON 342 International Trade (4 credits)
  • ECON 345 Economics of Development and Growth (4 credits)
  • ECON 346 Country and Area Studies in Economics (4 credits)
  • ECON 349 Comparative Economic Systems (4 credits)
  • HIST 210 Modern Latin America, 1800 to the Present (4 credits)
  • HIST 225 The Making of Modern Europe, 1750 to 1914 (4 credits)
  • HIST 226 Modern Europe since 1914 (4 credits)
  • HIST 240 Foundations of Chinese Civilization (4 credits)
  • HIST 241 History of Modern China (4 credits)
  • HIST 244 Modern East Asia (4 credits)
  • HIST 253 Cities of the Middle East (4 credits)
  • HIST 324 Britain Since 1815 (4 credits)
  • HIST 333 East-Central Europe : From Monarchy to the European Union (4 credits)
  • HIST 347 The Modernization of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China (4 credits)
  • HIST 348 Japan: History through Literature (4 credits)
  • HIST 349 History of the Ottoman Empire (4 credits)
  • HIST 371 History of U.S. Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • HIST 372 Vietnam and the United States (4 credits)
  • POLS 225 Introduction to World Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 320 American Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • POLS 321 Comparative Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • POLS 326 International Law and Organizations (4 credits)
  • POLS 328 International Security (4 credits)
  • POLS 350 Comparative Politics of the New Europe (4 credits)
  • POLS 352 Politics of the Developing World (4 credits)
  • POLS 354 Politics of Post-Soviet States (4 credits)
  • POLS 356 Politics of South Asia (4 credits)
  • POLS 424 Seminar in International Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 454 Seminar in Comparative Politics (4 credits)
  • GEOG - The Department of Geography from time to time offers courses on the geography of selected regions of the world. With the approval of the director of international studies, these courses may be elected to fulfill non-concentration requirements.

Allied requirements

  • At least twelve credits beyond the core curriculum requirement in a particular modern foreign language

Recommended courses:

While the student who might eventually seek employment in international business may choose any courses in business administration, the following four courses would be most appropriate for gaining general background in the field:

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits) 
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Technology and Business Applications (4 credits)

ACTC courses:

A student with particular academic and/or career interests should consult with the director about courses offered by the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities that would be appropriate to the major.

Opportunities for studying human diversity:

Students should particularly note the opportunities in the major for enhancement of their understanding of other cultures. Courses with a non-Western focus meeting the requirements of the major are available both on campus and at the other ACTC schools.

Opportunities for study abroad:

Students majoring in international studies should seriously consider one or more of the opportunities to study abroad offered by the International Education Center.

Opportunities for internships:

Students majoring in international studies should discuss with the director opportunities to relate academic and career interests through internship experiences in the Twin Cities or Washington, D.C.