International Studies

Bradley’s international studies major gives you a global perspective valuable for a career in international relations, law or business.

Preparing You For Success

You sharpen your analytical abilities, critical-thinking skills and understanding of current events through the IS curriculum and additional courses in economics, history and political science. Small class sizes emphasize research, presentations and spirited conversations about pressing global matters. Additionally, course requirements give you flexibility to tailor the degree to your career interests. Those classes provide opportunities to dialogue with guest lecturers and members of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC). The major can be paired with a second major, such as history, political science or economics.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Specialized knowledge of a region or foreign affairs-related topic
  • Opportunities to study in Washington, D.C., or abroad
  • A senior research project mentored by an IS professor
  • Networking and professional development through Bradley’s International Affairs Organization and partnership with PAWAC

Making Your Mark

The international studies degree can launch your career or prepare you for future graduate studies. It’s valuable for careers in business, foreign affairs, nonprofits and law. Recent Bradley graduates are working for the Global FoodBanking Network, U.S. Agency for International Development, Central Intelligence Agency and World Trade Center, St. Louis. Others have attended graduate school at Tufts University, Georgetown University and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Additionally, Bradley graduates have won Fulbright Scholarships to study in Austria, Mexico, Slovenia, Spain and other countries.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 30 hrs.

  • IS 103: Fundamentals of International Studies: Global Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IS 104: Fundamentals of International Studies: Area Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IS 182: Fundamentals of Contemporary East Asian Civilization - 3 hrs.
  • IS 250: Normative Theories of International Studies - 3 hrs.
  • IS 275: Political Economy of the Developing World - 3 hrs.
  • IS 295: Research Design and Qualitative Methods for International Studies - 3 hrs.
  • IS 495: Advanced Seminar in International Studies - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 105: Introduction to American Government - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 221: Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 222: Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose seven) - 21 hrs.

  • IS 100: Contemporary World Forces - 3 hrs.
  • IS 101: Participation in Model United Nations - 1 hr.
  • IS 285: East Asia in the Modern World - 3 hrs.
  • IS 305: Diplomacy in International Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 306: Intelligence in International Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 307: Science and Politics of Global Climate Change - 3 hrs.
  • IS 312: American Foreign Policy - 3 hrs.
  • IS 318: United States-East Asian Relations - 3 hrs.
  • IS 320: Latin America in a Global Context - 3 hrs.
  • IS 322: Latin America in the International System - 3 hrs.
  • IS 330: European Integration - 3 hrs.
  • IS 331: European Security - 3 hrs.
  • IS 340: Africa in the International System - 3 hrs.
  • IS 353: Russian Foreign Policy - 3 hrs.
  • IS 355: Imperial Russia - 3 hrs.
  • IS 363: Middle East Nations in International Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 373: South and Southeast Asian Nations in International Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 381: East Asian International Relations - 3 hrs.
  • IS 385: Issues of Contemporary Asia - 3 hrs.
  • IS 410: Globalization in World Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 415: Transnational Forces in World Affairs - 3 hrs.
  • IS 431: East European Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IS 475: Contemporary Issues in International Studies - 1-3 hrs.
  • IS 490: Directed Study and Travel Abroad: Selected Region - 3 hrs.
  • IS 498: Department of State Internship - 0-12 hrs.
  • IS 499: Research in International Relations - 1-3 hrs.
  • ECO 345: Comparative Economic Systems - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 351: Economic Development - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 391: International Trade - 3 hrs.
  • IB 206: Introduction to International Business - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 323: International Financial Management - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 346: International Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 302: Topics in American History: Diplomatic History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 337: Modern Non-Western History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 339: Women in Global Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 317: International Law - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 318: International Organization - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 319: International Political Economy of the Industrialized World - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 326: Sociology of Globalization - 3 hrs.

Note: Courses from other units may be used on a case-by-case basis if they are part of a planned, cohesive course of study that the student works out with his/her advisor.

Quantitative Analysis Elective (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 205: Quantitative Methods - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 209: Scope and Methods of Political Science - 3 hrs.
  • QM 262: Quantitative Analysis I - 3 hrs.

World Language Requirements

  • 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.