International Studies Program

Dr. Ronald J. Morgan, Advisor    
Department of History
ACU Box 28130, Abilene, Texas 79699-8130
Administration Building, Room 324

Phone: 325-674-2370
Fax: 325-674-2369
Email: rxm03c@acu.edu

Major: International Studies (BA)

             International Studies for Non-U.S. Students 

Minor: International Studies

Introduction
In the 21st century with its “global village” is characterized by connections and interdependencies that are economic, technological, cultural, political and ecological.  International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers the Bachelor of Arts degree and Minor for students with a variety of career goals that are international or cross-cultural in nature.  The emergence of more focused training in International Studies is a concrete manifestation of Abilene Christian University's commitment to a more global approach to education.  A central purpose of the B.A. Degree and the Minor is to help students understand and navigate the contemporary global world in its complexity.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

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 INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (BA)       

BA: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEGREE PLAN (INTS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

International Core Courses

    INTS 301 Language and Culture  

    INTS 499 International Studies Seminar (capstone and writing-intensive course)  

    ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics  

    ENGL 231 World Literature I  

    ENGL 232 World Literature II 

    POLS 227 Introduction to International Relations  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

(3)¹

(3)¹

3

(3)

9

REGIONAL FOCUS
Choose one of the following tracks:
 

East Asian Studies   

    BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts

    HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times 

    POLS 485 International Political Economy 

East Asian Selections, Choose 6 courses from:  

    BMIS 245, 458 (when applicable); BUSA 419;

         COMS 345, 383; ECON 438; GEOG 354MKTG 419;

         POLS 360, 385, 481, 484, 487, 488 (when applicable)

European Studies     

    HIST 474 Recent Europe  

    POLS 485 International Political Economy  

    Choose 3 hours from: HIST 472, 473, 476  

European Selections, Choose 6 courses from:  

    BMIS 245, 371; BUSA 419; COMS 345, 383; FLSP 482;

         ECON 438; GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481,

         484, 487, 488 (when applicable)

Middle East Studies   

    BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts

    HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times  

    POLS 361 Politics of the Middle East  

Middle East Selections, Choose 6 courses from:  

    BMIS 245, BUSA 419, COMS 345, 383, ECON 438;

         GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481, 484,

         485, 487, 488 (when applicable)

Latin American Studies   

    HIST 478 Latin American Colonial Experience 

    HIST 479 Latin American Modern Area  

    POLS 485 International Political Economy  

Latin American Selections, Choose 6 courses from:

    BMIS 245; BUSA 419; COMS 345, 383; FLSP 353, 483;

         ECON 438; GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481,

         484, 487, 488 (when applicable)  

TRACK TOTAL (East Asian & Middle East)  

TRACK TOTAL (European & Latin American)  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

3

3

18

 

 

  

 

3

3

3

18

 

 

 

 

(3)¹

3

3

18

 

 

 

 

3

3

3

18

   

 

  

24

27

STUDY ABROAD  
Each student must include at least one “Study Abroad” experience related to the student’s chosen geographic region.  
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY  

Junior level proficiency in a second language must be demonstrated 
by students whose first language is English.

FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP  

TOTAL  

  
 

0-15

0-15

ELECTIVES  

Minimum (East Asian & Middle East)  

Minimum (European & Latin American)  

*Students are strongly encouraged to use electives to pursue a Business Minor.

24-39

21-36

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.    

2.70

2.00

33

128

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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES – U.S. TRACK FOR NON-U.S. STUDENTS (BA)     

Primarily intended for students who have had at least 8 years of residence outside the United States and/or who have graduated from high school in a foreign country.

 
 BA: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (OPTION FOR NON-U.S. STUDENTS ONLY) DEGREE PLAN (INTU)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

International Core Courses

    INTS 301 Language and Culture  

    INTS 499 International Studies Seminar (capstone and writing-intensive course)  

Regional Focus/USA 

    HIST 222 American History II  

    Choose 9 hours from: HIST 404, 405, 421, 451, 455, 482   

Specialty Courses  

Choose 18 hours from3 areas:

    Bible/Missions

         BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts

         COMS 345 Intercultural Communication

         COMS 383 Communication in Multi-National Organizations

    Geography

         GEOG 354 Cultural Geography

    American Literature

         ENGL 362 American Literature Before 1860

         ENGL 363 American Literature After 1860

         ENGL 446 Topics in American Literature

         ENGL 464 American Novel

    Political Science

         POLS 381 American Political Process

         POLS 492 American Political Thought

English

    ENGL 263 American Literature After 1900  

Foreign Language

Students whose native language is not English are exempted  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

 

(3)¹

9

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 3

0-6

 

36-42

STUDY ABROAD  
Each student must include a travel-study course in a region of the U.S. outside West Texas.  
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY  

Students whose first language is English must demonstrate first semester
junior level proficiency in a second language.

FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP  

TOTAL  

  
 

0-15

0-15

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

21-36

TOTAL MAJORS HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

2.70

2.00

33

128

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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MINOR
 

MINOR: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (INTS)  

INTS 301 Language and Culture

History selections from among the following:
HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times
HIST 436 History of Africa
HIST 451 American Diplomacy
HIST 474 Recent Europe
HIST 478 Latin America Colonial Experience
HIST 479 Latin America Modern Era
HIST 490 Mexico: Growth and Culture
HIST 495 Far East in Modern Times

Selections, 9-12 hours from among the following (no more than 2 courses from each prefix):
AENV 130 Environmental and Technological Science
BMIS 245 Understanding Culture for Global Service
BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts
BUSA 419 International Business
COMS 345 Intercultural Communication
COMS 383  Communication in Multi-National Organizations       
   Geography
ECON 260 Macroeconomics
ECON 438 International Poverty and Development
ENGL 232 World Literature II
GEOG 354 Cultural Geography
INTS 212 Introduction to Great Britain
INTS 217 South America Southern Cone: History and Culture
INTS 499 International Studies Seminar (capstone and writing-intensive)
MKTG 419 International Marketing
POLS 227 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 344 Comparative Politics
POLS 357 West European Politics
POLS 358 CIS and East European Politics
POLS 360 Politics of Developing Countries
POLS 361 Politics of the Middle East
POLS 385 American Foreign Policy
POLS 484 International Law and Organizations
POLS 485 International Political Economy
POLS 487 Terrorism Studies
Up to 6 hours of upper-level language courses (e.g., FLSP, FLAR, FLFR; NOTE: Student may count up to 3 hours of 200-level coursework if taken in the cultural setting of the language in question (e.g., Arabic or Mandarin in CCCU Best Semester program, Spanish 211 or 212 in Montevideo, FLGE 211 or 212 in Leipzig, etc.).

TOTAL  

3

3-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3

 
Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the International Studies program include those with the following designation: INTS.

 

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