Institute of International Studies

FACULTY Professors C. Bukowski (Director), Tarzi; Associate Professor J. Bukowski; Assistant Professor Kim; Affiliate Instructor Weck.

The Institute of International Studies offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations. This degree will serve as a basis for various careers in the field of international studies, for graduate work in international studies or for the understanding of international affairs by students who may not choose to work in that area after graduation. The Institute also offers a Minor in International Studies.

The Institute of International Studies was founded in 1958 at the suggestion of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. It was among the first in this field ever to be established on the undergraduate level in the United States. Numerous student activities, special off-campus programs, co-op assignments, study abroad programs, and internships are available to enrich the regular program. Students receive special assistance in finding positions after graduation.

Study Abroad, Internships, And Co-Op Programs

International studies majors are strongly encouraged to undertake a program of study abroad and to participate in appropriate internships or co-op programs. The Institute will assist its majors in integrating a study abroad program into their curriculum with the goal of enhancing both their Bradley and their foreign study experiences. Further information on foreign study (including eligibility requirements) can be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. Internships and co-op assignments are available through the College Cooperative Education/Internships Program listed elsewhere in this catalog. A Department of State internship is available directly through the Institute (see IS 498). Credit may also be earned for special, individual projects or travel abroad (see IS 490).

Requirements

Students who are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies should plan their program with the aid of their advisors in accordance with the following requirements:

A total of 124 semester hours of acceptable undergraduate work, including at least 40 semester hours at the junior or senior level.

Core Curriculum

  • English Composition - 6 hrs.
  • Mathematics - 3 hrs.
  • Speech - 3 hrs.
  • Western Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • Literary Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • Fine Arts - 3 hrs.
  • Science and Technology - 6 hrs.

International Studies

  • IS 103, 104, 182, 250, 275, 295, 495, and
  • any other seven IS courses, or approved substitutes.

World Language Proficiency

  • French, German, Spanish: a minimum of two courses at the 300 level.
  • Other languages offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures (i.e. Arabic and Chinese): two semesters at the 200 level
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a language not offered at Bradley will be considered with the approval of the Institute Director. 

Those students who have previously studied a foreign language must take the placement test given by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students who place at the 300 level should consult with the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures to determine the best sequence of courses for them. 

Other Requirements

  • PLS 105
  • ECO 221, 222
  • one course in quantitative analysis (MTH 111, PSY 205, PLS 209, or QM 262)

Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisors to develop concentrations that meet their respective interests and career goals. Students may also add area studies minors, such as the European Studies Minor, the Latin American Studies Minor, and/or the Asian Studies Minor.

Baccalaureate Articulation

Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Graduates

A transferring student who has completed an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree in an Illinois public community college may expect to earn a baccalaureate degree from the Institute of International Studies upon the completion of two additional years of course work provided that the following qualifications are met:

  • that the transferring student does not change his or her intended major or area of specialization;
  • that the course work represented in the associate degree include only baccalaureate-oriented college level courses which appear in the ICCB master course file;
  • that within the associate degree, the transferring student shall have completed work in each of the following general education areas totaling a minimum of at least 36 semester hours:
    • English and/or communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics and/or natural sciences
    • Social sciences
    • World language.

Minor In International Studies

The minor is designed to enhance the educational experience of the student by adding a global perspective to his/her major field of study. Completion of the minor includes three required courses (IS 103, IS 104, and IS 275) and three elective International Studies courses offered at the 300 or 400 level. A candidate for the minor is expected to work closely with his/her advisor to choose elective courses that are appropriate to the concentration desired by the student. Successful completion of the minor requires a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in International Studies coursework.