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In order to declare a major or minor in International Studies, students are required to meet with an advisor. International Studies is an open major, meaning that you don't have to apply or take any prerequisites to declare.  

major requirements: 36 credits

Major Worksheet

  • One Peoples core course
    • ANTH 1010: Cultural Anthropology
    • HIST 1220: Modern Asian Civilization
    • HIST 1310: Latin American Civilization after the 1820s
    • HIST 1510: World History since 1500
    • PHIL 1003: Intro to Human Nature
    • WLC 2020: Language in Society
  • One Challenges core course
    • ENVST 2100: Intro to Environment & Sustainability
    • GEOG 1400: Human Geography
    • HIST 2200: The World since 1945
    • PHIL 1001: Ethical Dilemmas
  • One Systems core course
    • BUS 2900: International Business
    • ECON 2020: Macroeconomics
    • GEOG 1300: World Geography
    • POLS 2100: Intro to International Politics
    • POLS 2200: Intro to Comparative Politics
  • Language Requirement (BA or BS requirements)
    • Bachelor of Arts: Complete 6 credits of 3000+ level foreign language courses, taught in the target language
    • Bachelor of Science: Complete 6 credits of upper-division culture electives from the approved course list
  • Focus Electives
  • International Experience
    • 3 credit requirement met through either through study abroad or a global internship
    • Credit earned through your international experience may count toward your language, culture, or focus electives if the credit is upper-division and meets elective requirements.
    • DACA/undocumented students: There are alternative ways of completing this requirement domestically. To discuss these, please make an appointment with one of our academic advisors.

Notes: No more than 3 credits from a Hinckley internship may count toward your focus electives and focus electives must come from a minimum of three departments.

Grade Requirements: All major courses must be taken for a minimum letter grade of C or better.


International Experience

All students who declare International Studies are required to participate in a learning abroad program or an international internship. Students must earn a minimum of 3 credits during the international experience to fulfill the requirement.  Students have the opportunity to choose from many different programs offered by Learning Abroad or global internships offered through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Work, military, personal travel, and volunteer experiences DO NOT count toward this requirement.

If you cannot complete a study abroad due to financial, familial, or time constraints, another major is probably a better fit for you. If you are interested in a particular region of the world, consider a major in an area studies program. 

DACA/undocumented students: There are alternative ways of completing this requirement domestically. To discuss these, please make an appointment with one of our academic advisors.

Language Requirement  

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies must complete 6 credits of 3000+ level foreign language courses, taught in the target language. Students may choose a language of study from the foreign languages available through World Languages and Cultures.

Please note American Sign Language (ASL) is not a foreign language.

Culture Electives 

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Studies must complete 6 credits of culture electives from the below approved list of courses. 

Course Catalog

Course #

Course Title

ARAB 4207

Women's Voices: Egypt and Iran

CHIN 3390

Chinese Calligraphy

CHIN 4610

Narrative Literature (CW)

CLCS 3670

Comparative World Literature & Civ. 

CLCS 3720

Empathy, Medicine, and the Human Condition 

CLCS 3960

Cultures in Contact (CEL course)

COMM 3190

Intercultural Communication (DV)

COMM 3770 Cross-Cultural Documentary (IR)

COMM 3775

Korean Media & Culture

ENGL 3750

Asian American Literature (DV)

ENGL 3770

Chicana/o Literature (DV)

ENGL 3780

Global/Transnational Literature

FRNCH 3800

French Literature in Translation


French Pop Culture

GERM 3750

Grimm's Fairy Tales

HINDI 3710

Hinduism and Islam

HINDI 4610

South Asian Literature & Culture

HINDI 4620

Popular Culture of South Asia

HUM 4900

Indigenous Peoples: Cultural & Social Perspectives

ITAL 3800

Italian Literature in Translation

JAPAN 4570

Multicultural Japan

JAPAN 4680

Modern Japanese Literature in Translation

LING 3220

World Englishes (IR)

LING 3470

Language & Culture (IR, HF)

LING 3600

Cross-Cultural Communication (DV)

KOREA 3100

Korean Literature Thru Literature & Film

MIDE 3880 Religion & Fashion in the Middle East

MIDE 4510

Introduction to Islam (IR)

PERS 4325

Muslim-Americans in the US 

PTGSE 4710

Luso-Brazilian Cinema

RUSS 3550

Russia Under the Czars

RUSS 3560

Soviet Culture (HF)

RUSS 3580

Russia & Asia 


major requirements: 36 credits

A minimum of 12 International Studies courses totaling 36 credit hours must be completed successfully, including the international experience. Please note that students may complete their international experience through a SLCC credited study abroad program, or a credited study abroad from your previous institution.

SLCC Transfer Students

A portion of these courses may be completed through transfer credit from Salt Lake Community College. See the below major worksheet.

SLCC Worksheet

Transfer Students from Utah Institutions 

A portion of courses may be completed through transfer credit from another university within the state of Utah. See the transfer guide below.

Utah Transfer Guide

Transfer Students from Out-of-State

A portion of courses may be completed through transfer credit from another university. You will want to speak with an academic advisor to review your transfer coursework and discuss how these apply to the major requirements.

Meet with an Academic Advisor  

Last Updated: 12/13/19