International Studies Major

International Studies majors must complete at least 36 semester hours, and satisfy a modern foreign language requirement. At least 7 courses must be taken in Political Science. Students are strongly encouraged to take cognate social science courses in other departments to satisfy additional major requirements.

Courses must include the following:

  • QTM 100: Introduction to Statistical Inference*
  • POLS 208: Research Design Methods (preferably during the freshman or sophomore year)
  • POLS 110: Introduction to International Studies
  • POLS 120: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 210 or 220: Intermediate International or Intermediate Comparative Politics
  • Three classes from an area of concentration: Students are required to take at least three courses in one of the following areas of concentration: Political Economy, Conflict and Security, or State and Society.  (At least two of the three must be from Political Science or cross-listed with a Political Science course.)
  • Two classes from a geographic area: Students are required to take at least two courses focusing on one of the following geographic areas: Africa/Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America/ the Caribbean.  (At least one of the two must be from Political Science or cross-listed with a Political Science course.)
  • One elective will be required. Any course on the current International Studies Approved Course list may be used as an elective.
  • Four courses must be at the 300-level, three of those courses must be POLS. 
  • Modern foreign language requirement: pass a course at the 202 level or above, in which the language of instruction is other than English.
*Appropriate substitutes for QTM 100 include: QTM 220, ECON 220, POLS 310 or BUS 350. 

**One of the following can be used as prerequiste: QTM 100, ECON 220 or POLS 310. 

Requirements Checklist for the International Studies Major

International Studies Approved Course Lists

To declare a major, please refer to the instructions on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) websiteIf you have any questions or concerns about major requirements, please contact Amanda Hutson. 

Additional Requirements and Procedures

In addition to the above requirements, the following regulations and practices apply:

  • 1. Students may not double major in Political Science and International Studies; nor may a student major in International Studies and minor in Political Science.
  • 2. At least 7 courses must be taken at Emory College or Oxford College. International Studies majors may get credit for up to four courses taken outside of Emory (AP classes, study abroad programs, Bard Globalization and International Affairs & Washington Semester Programs, transfer and transient credits)  that have been approved by the department.
  • 3. No courses taken pass/fail (S/U) may count toward the major.  This means that courses taken abroad in non-Emory approved programs, which as such receive only S/U grades, cannot count toward the major. This does not apply to language courses. 
  • 4. No more than three 100-level courses may be used to satisfy the major. Four courses must be at the 300-level, three of those must be POLS. 
  • 5. No more than four hours of internship credit may be used to satisfy the major.
  • 6. Certain courses may satisfy two or more of the above distribution requirements. For example, a course on the political economy of Asia may well apply to both the concentration requirement (Area II) and the geographic area requirement (Area III). However, in no case will this reduce the total number of hours required to complete the major. The extra hours must be made up in elective credit.
  • 7. No more than one cognate social science course (4 hours) may be used to satisfy the concentration requirement (Area II) or the geographic area requirement (Area III). Courses cross-listed between Political Science and another department or program will count as Political Science courses.
  • 8. Students are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
  • 9. Major status does not guarantee enrollment in any particular course. Some classes may require course prerequisites or other requirements for enrollment.
  • 10. Each student majoring in International Studies will be assigned an advisor and will be expected to consult with that advisor in designing a plan of study.
  • 11. Each semester, prior to pre-registration advising, the department will issue a list of courses to be offered the next semester (permanent and variable topic Political Science courses as well as cognate courses in other departments) that may be used to satisfy the International Studies requirements. This list will be displayed on departmental bulletin boards, distributed to International Studies majors, distributed to departmental advisors, and posted on the Department's web site. Records of approved courses by semester will be maintained in the departmental office as well as on the Department's web site. Decisions on qualifying courses will be made by a committee of International Studies faculty from the Department of Political Science. This practice will be followed to insure that the full range of International Studies courses in any one semester, many of them non permanent offerings, will be available to students and credited toward the requirements for the major.
  • 12. International Studies majors are eligible to participate in the Political Science honors program in order to receive honors in International Studies. Honors Program students may use an appropriate graduate seminar to satisfy the advanced seminar requirement.

Modern Foreign Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language at a level equivalent to two years of college study. This will be satisfied by passing one course at the 202 level (or its equivalent) or above. Courses taken to achieve the required foreign language proficiency do not count toward the requirement that 36 hours of international studies courses be completed, nor are the grades used in calculating the major grade point average. Students may take this course S/U, if not required to fulfill an general education requirement.