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International Studies at Miami University

Major for BA in International Studies

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International Studies (ITS) at Miami University is a multidisciplinary major through which students can incorporate an international dimension and a foreign area of interest into their undergraduate education. The program in International Studies consists of four interrelated components:

  • A series of core courses covering international politics, economics and business, geography, anthropology, and diplomatic history
  • Individually selected foreign areas of emphasis in which students take a minimum of 12 hours in at least 3 different disciplines or fields
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language which provides important communication skills as well as additional depth in the chosen regional area of emphasis
  • At least 1 semester of study abroad

Students have some flexibility in satisfying these requirements. In addition, elective hours can be utilized to acquire more knowledge in a specialized field leading, for example, to an area studies minor or to becoming proficient in a second foreign language. The student may also pursue work in a related discipline that might result in a "double major" such as ITS and Economics. Students who complete a second major or a minor automatically fulfill the Miami Plan thematic sequence requirement. Most credits earned while studying abroad apply directly toward the degree.

Major Requirements

In conjunction with study abroad, the ITS Major has 3 sets of requirements:

Interdisciplinary Core (20-30 hours)

Take the following:

  • ITS 201M Introduction to International Studies
    (3 hours; taking a majors section of ITS 201 is preferred but not required)

Take 3 of the following baseline courses (9-10 hrs)*:

  • GEO 378 World Political Geography (3 hours)
  • POL 271 World Politics (4 hours)
    POL 221 Modern World Governments (4 hours)
  • HST 198 World History Since 1500 (3 hours)
    HST 296 World History Since 1945 (3 hours)
  • ITS/ATH 301 Intercultural Relations (3 hours)

* POL 271 or POL 221 is required for all students in the Conflict, Peace and Diplomacy concentration; those students will take all 4 of these baseline courses.

Take 1 of the following**:

  • ITS 302 Problems of Non-Western Societies (3 hours)
  • ITS 365 Applied Topics in International Studies (3 hours)

** It is strongly advised that students complete the baseline courses before enrolling in these 300-level courses; see the program advisor. ITS 302 and ITS 365 are bridge courses for the ITS writing competency requirement completed with ITS 402. Select the 300-level course which best fits your interests and your concentration.

Take the following***:

  • ECO 344 International Economics (3 hours)

*** ECO 201, Microeconomics and ECO 202, Macroeconomics must be taken before registering for ECO 344. These need not be taken at Miami and can be transferred from other institutions. However, a solid background in micro- and macro-economics is essential to do well in ECO 344.

As a graduating senior then take****:

  • ITS 402 Policy Taskforce Capstone in International Studies (3 hours)

**** All students must be graduating seniors for any ITS 402 course to count as the capstone requirement. Students whose concentration is Global Health (in development) may take ATH 448 as their capstone with permission of the instructor and the program advisor.

Language Requirement (12 hours)

Spanish, French, and German require 12 hours at the 300 level or above. All other languages require 6 hours at the 300 level or above. All courses must be taken in the target language. Courses in translation or taught in English are not acceptable.

International students, who are non-native speakers of English and who have had the College of Arts and Science language requirement waived, complete a second concentration in lieu of the language requirement.

* Many students earn upper level language credits while studying abroad.

Concentration Requirement (12 hours)

Take at least 12 hours from at least 3 different disciplines in your chosen concentration. (Conflict, Peace and Diplomacy requires only 2 different disciplines.)

* Many students earn concentration credits while studying abroad.

Choose either a functional concentration or a regional concentration:

Functional Concentrations

Regional Concentrations

If you still have questions about the ITS major, please visit our frequently asked questions page.


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