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2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, B.A.

International Studies B.A. 180 units

Program Description

The International Studies major consists of an integrated group of courses reflecting international aspects of various disciplines. It is designed to provide the student with a broad base of understanding of the interrelationship of the world community, while at the same time providing the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest. A minor in International Studies is also offered.

The International Studies major consists of a lower division requirement of twelve (12) units in Economics and Geography/Environmental Studies and, optionally, Anthropology, plus a foreign language requirement. The upper division requirements include a methods course, a twentieth century History course, and three INTS courses (an introductory upper division course, a senior seminar, and an international field experience). The student will complete the major with sixteen (16) units of international coursework with a particular emphasis and twelve (12) units selected from a list of electives.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  • 1. demonstrate cross-cultural understanding and competencies, including second language acquisition.
  • 2. demonstrate an understanding of global political, economic, cultural, and geographic systems including their interconnections and sustainability.
  • 3. demonstrate the ability to research, write and communicate orally about complex international issues both individually and through collaborative learning and teamwork.
  • 4. demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of civic engagement, both locally and globally.
  • 5. articulate personal career goals, understand the variety of career opportunities related to international studies, and prepare for their chosen career(s).

The university encourages firsthand experience abroad. INTS 4100 (International Field Work) is designed to afford such an opportunity. Optimally the student will elect to complete the internship, either paid or voluntary, in a foreign country. The University recognizes that this may not always be possible and therefore accepts the completion of the internship locally if a substantial portion of the work experience is internationally related. The student may also elect to fulfill the international work experience requirement by completing a course of study through the CSU International Programs or a recognized quarter, semester, or summer program abroad. Any such activity must be approved by an International Studies advisor before being undertaken.

Career Opportunities

International Business

International Organizations

Federal Government




Education and Cultural Exchange Programs




Local services to foreign language speakers

Major Requirements (B.A.) 58-85 units

Because requirements are subject to change, consult the International Studies Director for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. The major consists of 58-85 units; the B.A. degree requires a total of 180 units.

  • The core major consists of 58-85 units;
  • GE/USHG/UWS consists of 84 units (some courses may double-count units - see your advisor).
  • Free Electives (if any) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor). 

Modern Language Requirements (0-24 units)

Oral and written proficiency in a modern foreign language equivalent to two full years of university-level studies. The requirement can be fulfilled by the recent completion of the third quarter of intermediate language at Cal State East Bay or by an examination offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures measuring oral and written proficiency at that level.

Choose an Area of Emphasis (16 units)

Emphasis courses: 4 courses (16 units) to be chosen with the approval of the International Studies Director in either:

  1. a discipline area (example: Anthropology, Economics, History);
  2. a regional area (example: Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East); or
  3. a topic area (example: international business, international organizations and law, arms control, economic development, environmental issues, cross-cultural studies, migration). All courses selected should be internationally relevant.

Elective Courses (12 units)

Select 12-units from the following with no more than 2 courses in any one discipline:

Course Descriptions

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Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.