International Studies Major

The international studies major is designed to offer a broad perspective on the discipline while preparing students either for direct entry into government, business or professional service, or for graduate study in international relations, international trade or a related field. The program emphasizes foreign language training, as well as strong theoretical and analytical orientation with equal emphasis on normative and empirical approaches.

The international studies curriculum includes four functional components (in addition to the University's general education requirements):

  • A core requirement of seven courses covering all aspects of international studies including international security and cooperation, development; nationalism, Asian culture and civilization, empirical and normative international relations theory, and research skills;
  • Seven international studies electives which allow the student to build a regional or functional expertise in some aspect of international relations;
  • Completion of at least two foreign language courses at the 300-level (where available) or six semesters;
  • Courses in economics, statistical analysis, and American government to be completed outside the Institute.

Many Institute students complete majors in other fields including foreign languages, economics, political science, history, and journalism. Area studies minors in Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Asia as well as the Global Scholars designation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are also accessible to international studies majors. A study abroad experience is strongly encouraged and easily integrated into the international studies curriculum. Approximately 85 percent of the Institute's majors complete a study abroad experience. Further information on study abroad can be obtained from the campus Study Abroad Office.

  1. University Requirements*
    1. Basic Skills:
      • English Composition (ENG 101) or (CIV 111 & 112)
      • Advanced Composition
      • Math (MTH 111 fulfills both Basic Skills and Institute statistics requirements)
      • Speech (COM 103)
    2. General Education:
      • Western Civilization (CIV 100, 101, 102 or CIV 111 & 112)
      • Literary Analysis
      • Fine Arts
      • Science and Technology (two courses)
    • Institute Requirements
      • Introduction to International Studies I- IS 103
      • Introduction to International Studies II- IS 104
      • Introduction to Asian Studies - IS 182**
      • Theory and Practice of World Politics - IS 250**
      • Research Design and Qualitative Methods - IS 295
      • Political Economy of the Developing World - IS 275**
      • Advanced Seminar in International Studies - IS 495
      • International Studies (seven elective courses)
      • Introduction to American Government - PLS 105
      • Principles of Micro Economics - ECO 221**
      • Principles of Macro Economics - ECO 222**
      • Statistics (MTH 111, PSY 205, QM 262 or PLS 209)
      • Foreign Language (six semesters or equivalent when available)

    *For specific General Education requirements consult the Bradley Undergraduate Catalog.

    **Fulfills both University and Institute requirements

    Minor concentrations may also be developed by students interested in business, government, economics, a foreign language and other fields. For further information regarding the IS major or various minors, please contact the Institute.