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:
**One of the following can be used as prerequiste: QTM 100, ECON 220 or POLS 310.
To declare a major, please refer to the instructions on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) website. If you have any questions or concerns about major requirements, please contact Amanda Hutson.
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.