Institute of International Studies

FACULTY Professors C. Bukowski, Tarzi; Associate Professors J. Bukowski, J. Kim ; Affiliate Instructor Weck.

The major in International Studies offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. 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. Students may also pursue 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. Advisors 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 University Cooperative Education/Internship Program listed elsewhere in this catalog. A Department of State internship is available to qualified students (see IS 498). Credit may also be earned for special, individual projects or travel abroad (see IS 490).


Students who are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies should plan a program of study with the aid of their advisors in accordance with the requirements listed below. Excluding the language requirement, a typical student can expect to complete the requirements for the major with 39 semester hours of course work.

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in International Studies coursework.

Foundational and Capstone Courses

  • IS 103, 104, 275, 295, 495

Thematic Concentrations

Choose one regional concentration and one functional concentration. Both regional and functional concentrations require three separate courses for completion. At least two courses in each concentration must be at the junior or senior level. A course may not be used to fulfill completion requirements for more than one concentration.

A regional concentration is fulfilled by completing either three courses in a single area or two courses in one area and one course in a second area. At least one course must be from International Studies.

  • Asia: IS 182, 285, 318, 373, 381, 385; ENG 381; HIS 207, 314, 330; RLS 338, 340
  • Europe/Russia: IS 330, 331, 353, 355, 431; ENG 385; HIS 208, 210, 340, 342, 375, 382; PLS 304; WLF 321, 322; WLG 321; WLS 306
  • Latin America: IS 322; HIS 205, 332, 335; WLS 322, 345, 410
  • Middle East and Africa: IS 363; HIS 206; RLS 121; 321

A functional concentration is fulfilled by completing three courses from a single category. At least one course must be from International Studies.

  • Culture and identity in a globalized world: IS 182, 410; ANT 101, 305, 314; COM 315; ENG 140; HIS 329, 333, 339; PHL/PLS 307; SOC 205, 300, 311, 326
  • Global commerce, exchange, and political economy: IS 275, 410; ENT 381, 386; IB 204, 205, 206; ECO 391; MTG 315, 346, 388; PLS 319
  • Global governance and policy: IS 250, 305, 306, 312, 318, 330, 331, 410; ENS/IS 307; HIS 204; PLS 306, 317, 318

World Language Proficiency

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

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

Students may wish to add area studies minors, such as the European Studies Minor, the Latin American Studies Minor, and/or the Asian Studies Minor.

Experiential Learning*

The Experiential Learning requirement of the Bradley Core Curriculum must be fulfilled via completion of IS 495 and one of the following:

  • A study abroad activity approved by the campus Study Abroad Office. The activity can be for one year, one semester, a summer program, a January or May interim program, or a semester-long course with an embedded abroad experience;
  • An individually-arranged abroad experience completed via IS 490;
  • A Department of State internship or e-internship completed via IS 498;
  • Completion of a Bradley approved summer- or semester-long program in Washington, DC that includes an internship course (via OCP credit);
  • Completion of an internship experience with suitable international content approved by the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies.;
  • A faculty directed research project completed via IS 499.

Exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies.

*Pending approval of an EL tag for all courses designated above.

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 in 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.

This is the official catalog for the 2022-2023 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.