The IS Major Requirements & Learning Objectives
How does this major work?
The major works by letting you build your own program, based on the following components.
- Two “Pathway” courses. These are courses that expose you to global issues at an introductory level from different perspectives. (6 credit hours from list of approved pathway courses, from 2 distinct disciplines)
- Language or languages. You complete 6 semesters in one language or 4 semesters (through 202) in one and 2 semesters in another.
You choose (a) a theme and (b) a world region. (27 credit hours in total; 15+12 or 12+15)
The themes you select from are:
- Culture & the Arts
- Global Development
- Comparative Politics & Societies
The regions you select from are:
- Africa & the Middle East
- East, South, & South East Asia
- Latin America
- Russia & Eurasia
- The themes you select from are:
- A Senior Capstone course (INT 495) in which you complete a 25 page research paper exploring in depth an issue of your choice. (3 credit hours)
Important caveat: this is a highly simplified summary of the BA International Studies. The details matter, and they are to be found in the current University of Kentucky Bulletin. http://www.uky.edu/registrar/Major-Sheets/MS1415/a&s/isa.pdf
In addition to the requirements for the major there are also University and College of Arts & Sciences requirements. These are also detailed in the Bulletin. Your Advisor can help you understand how to build your International Studies major and meet all the necessary requirements.
Please note: students who pursue a second major, a minor, and/or a certificate program, should be aware that there are limits on the amount of coursework that can count for both the International Studies major and another major, minor and/or certificate. In other words, there are limits on “double counting”.
Four Year Plans, showing how to complete the Internatioanl Studies major, with and without a year abroad, can be found here: https://www.as.uky.edu/4-year-plan
A Two Year Plan for completing the International Studies major, may also be founbd here: https://www.as.uky.edu/4-year-plan
What are the Learning Objectives of the International Studies major?
A graduate with a B.A. in International Studies is expected to master:
- Multidisciplinary knowledge about broad global processes and at least one theme of global significance;
- In-depth theoretical and factual knowledge of a particular region of the world;
- Intermediate to advanced level proficiency in at least one foreign language.
Through the Senior Capstone Course (INT 495) a graduate with a B.A. in International Studies is expected to master the following intellectual and methodological skills:
- Experience and initial competency in formulating a research or investigative question;
- The ability to synthesize large and diverse quantities of information about a global topic and a world region;
- The ability to evaluate the validity and reliability of information;
- Mastery of more than one disciplinary approach employed to study international issues;
- The ability to form assumptions from study;
- Critical thinking and analytical skills;
- Proficiency in effective written communication;
- Competence in using facts, ideas and arguments to formulate and deliver persuasive arguments.
In addition, a graduate with a B.A. in International Studies achieves:
- Exposure to the common humanity and uniqueness of all cultures;
- An awareness of and sensitivity toward stereotypes and ethnocentrism;
- An understanding of the foreign cultural practices, beliefs and social systems of one’s world area of study;
- A heightened and more critical awareness of one’s own culture;
- Recognition of language barriers and cultural communication characteristics.