The International Studies degree candidate chooses an area of focus for his or
her courses of study. This allows candidates to pursue their area of particular
interest in more depth.
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This focus helps students to understand business dynamics and managerial decision
making within the international business environment. It is appropriate for students
preparing for business careers in marketing, management or finance in companies
with import/export activity or other global ventures. Candidates choose 9–12 credit
hours from the following:
* FIN 4213 should be taken under FIN 5550 with approval of instructor and advisor.
Recommended Open Electives:
Recommended Statistics (Methods) Courses:
* When focused on business topics, students are restricted to not more than 15
credit hours of Business-related courses including INTL 5233, INTL 5110, and courses
under the following course designations: ACCT, BADM, BCOM, BHON, BUSAD, FIN, LSB,
MGMT, MSIS, TCOM. Economic courses are excluded from the business course restrictions.
This focus area helps the student understand the interactions of trade policy,
macroeconomic policy, political structures and social systems on economic development
and international trade. This focus area is appropriate for students wishing to
enter careers in government, public service, institutional development, consulting,
trade development, policy analysis and economic development. Candidates choose 9–12
credit hours from the following:
Recommended Methods Courses:
This focus concentrates on courses that will help the student understand
humanitarian and social issues in diverse cultural settings. Depending on their
interests, students may select courses that address: human rights, nutritional
problems, health care, housing and clothing or human capital development,
educational needs and occupational training. Students completing this area
prepare for careers in international service agencies, humanitarian groups,
educational and research institutions and consulting firms. Candidates choose 9–12 credit hours from the following:
This focus area explore the ideas, philosophies and religions of the world’s
cultures through their monuments of art, architecture, literature, music and theater.
Students can focus on cultural heritage for its own sake or use their knowledge
to develop international tourism as a source of economic development. Depending
on their interests, students may select courses in cultural history, historical
preservation, and travel and tourism policy management. Students prepare for careers
in world cultural and heritage projects, museum and architectural site management,
tourism development, and education. Candidates choose 9–12 credit hours from the
*Any ART courses should be taken under ART 5910.
**Any 4000 level HIST course in the Dept. of History may be taken under the
HIST 6120 course number with the approval of the student’s advisor.
This focus area teaches students how to plan and manage environmental and ecological
resources for both global preservation of natural resources and eco-tourism. Depending
on their interests, students may select courses in the areas of remote sensing,
environmental economics, ecological planning, environmental law and policy, NGO
development, landscape architecture, as well as tourism policy and promotion. Students
prepare for careers in preservation management, national park planning and maintenance
and eco-tourism site development. Candidates choose 9–12 credit hours from the