International Studies

Interdisciplinary Major and Minor

Director: Renato Corbetta

Faculty: Corbetta, Sharlach, Zahariadis (Government); Kyle (Anthropology), Liber, Murray, Van Sant, Ward (History); Biga, Cockerham, Hamilton (Sociology); Cummings (Art and Art History);  Danielou  (Foreign Languages and Literatures)

The International Studies Program promotes a holistic appreciation of the different values and structures that characterize the world’s diverse societies, as well as an understanding of the institutions that produce economic, social, cultural, and political interdependence among nations.

A major or minor in international studies provides students with the background necessary to pursue a variety of public and private-sector careers. Employment opportunities are as numerous and varied as the interests and abilities of individual students. Majors may find employment in diplomatic or foreign service; international business, law, or labor relations; international development, social service, the travel industry, or health agencies and cultural organizations. Many of our students pursue graduate work in the fields of international relations, international development, peace studies, conflict resolution studies, public health, or law. We encourage all International Studies to study abroad, minor in a foreign language, and hope that they will pursue internship opportunities as well. The minor complements any major area by providing students with an international focus in their field.

The program is administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, courses taught in other schools and professional programs at UAB may be relevant to the curriculum developed by a student in pursuit of his or her specific career goals.

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major. Courses eligible to apply to this major may vary with the emphasis that a student chooses. See your advisor for identifying an appropriate curriculum in your area of interest.

 Major Requirements for International Studies

RequirementsHours
Required International Studies
PSC 103Introduction to International Relations3
FLL 120Foreign Cultures3
ITS 470/PSC 402Seminar in International Studies3
or ITS 471/PSC 403 Seminar in International Studies
ITS Internship
ITS 482Internship in International Affairs3
Economic Awareness
Select one of the following:3
Anthropology of Development
Economic Anthropology
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Economic Development and Growth
International Economics
Nonprofit Organization Mgmt
Politics of Development
International Political Economy
Socio-Political Concentration
Select three of the following courses, from at least two different departments:9
Peoples of World/South America Indians
Peoples of the World: Africa
Peoples of the World:Mediterranean
Peoples of the World: Oceania
Peoples of the World: Latin America
Study Abroad: Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico
Contemporary Global Issues
Nationalism Ethnicity and Violence
Anthropology of Human Rights
Ecological Anthropology
Kinship and Social Organization
Politics, Drugs and Society in Latin America
The World Since 1945
Introduction to Latin American History
Indians, Spaniards & Creoles
Modern Latin America
The Celtic Fringe: Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Britain and the Third World
Introduction to Early Modern Spanish History
History of the Russian Empire
History of the Soviet Union 1917-1991
Modern East Asia
Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids
Imperial and Post-Inperial Egypt
History of Ancient Greece
History of the Roman Empire
Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages
Eastern Europe 1600-1918
Eastern Europe 1914-Present
US-Latin American Relations
Sex & Latin American Society
Modern Latin America
The Reformation
The Celtic Fringe: Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Britain and the Third World
The Pacific War, 1931-1945
Japan and the United States
Modern East Asia
The Second World War
The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1975
Nations of the Andes
Modern Mexico
Clash of Civilizations
Seventeenth-Century Europe: Absolutism, Revolution and Science
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Modern Europe
Ancient and Medieval Britain
English History: 1307-1660
Early Modern Britain
Victorian Britain
Modern Great Britain
The French Revolution
Modern France 1815 - Present
German Catastrophe 1815-2012
Stalin and Stalinism
The Soviet Union Since 1953
Russian Intellectual History
Terror and Terrorism from French Revolution to Present
Modern China
Japan to the 19th Century
Modern Japan
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Introduction to Comparative Politics
American Foreign Policy
The United Nations
African Politics
European Political Systems
Latin/South American Political Systems
Asian Political Systems
East European Politics
International Security
North/South International Relations
Diplomacy
Nationalism in World Politics
International Law
Social Change
Global and International Sociology
Contemporary China
Human Sexuality: A Comparative Approach
Population Problems
Sociology of Health and Illness
Cultural Literacy
Select three of the following courses, from at least two different departments:9
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Peace Studies
Food in Antiquity
World Prehistory
Food and Culture
Comparative Religion
Anthropology of Gender
As Others See Us
Advanced Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Peace Studies
Intern in Peace, Justice and Environmental Study
The Conquest of Mexico
Music in World Cultures
Explorers, Mummies and Hieroglyphs
The Art Experience
Ancient and Medieval Art
Renaissance through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
World Literature I: Before 1660
World Literature II: 1660-Present
Greek and Roman Mythology
African Literature
African Women's Literature
History of the Roman Empire
Middle East 550 BCE to 1453 CE
War in the Modern World
Mapping Our World
Roman Republic
Middle East 550 BCE to 1453 CE
Foreign Literatures in English Translation
Traditional East Asian History and Culture
Religion in Early Modern European History
Traditional East Asian History and Culture
End of the U.S.S.R.
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Spain and the Spainsh Inquisition
French Enlightenment
Topics in European History
Music in World Cultures
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Classical Political Thought
Modern Political Theory
Classical Thought of India China and the West
Introduction to Political Theory
Classical Political Thought
Modern Political Theory
Electives
Students must take six semester hours from any of the above approved list of courses AND/OR from the list below:6
Comparative Cultures through Films
Introduction to Egyptian Archaelogy
Mapping Our World
Issues in Global Communication
Our Global Environment: Issues and Challenges
Nature vs. Nurture: Genes, Environment and Health
Looking at Earth: Maps Satellite Images and GIS
Urban Anthropology
World Literature
History of World Movies I: The Origins to 1960
History of World Movies II
Foreign Language Capstone Seminar
Borders and Crossings inside the Global Village
The Holocaust
Ethnic Cleansing & Genocide 1912-2012
Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations
Epid: Beyond the Outbreak
Intro Global Health
Total Hours39

 

Grade and Level Requirement

A grade of C or better is required in all International Studies courses. Students must demonstrate second-year proficiency in a foreign language. Students must ensure that at least 9 hours are taken in an approved geographic concentration. Geographic areas currently include Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. At least 15 credits must be taken at the 300 level including 9 hours at 400 level. Students must fulfill an international experience. This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following: participation in a study abroad program; participation in a course with a substantial international, applied component to it; participation in the Model Arab League simulation or its equivalent; or participation in an internship with an international organization or company or an entity offering an international component.

Additional Requirements

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement.

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in International Studies

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
EH 1013EH 1023
MA 1103Core Curriculum Area II: Foreign Language4
PSC 1033Core Curriculum Area IV: History3
Core Curriculum Area IV: History3Core Curriculum Area IV: Social or Behavioral Sciences3
Core Curiculum Area II: Fine Art3General Elective3
 15 16
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
FLL 1203International Studies Major Courses6
International Studies Major Course3Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science with Laboratory4
Core Curriculum Area II: Literature3Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities3
Core Curriculum Area II: Foreign Language4Foreign Language (200-level)3
Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science with Lab4 
 17 16
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ITS 4703International Studies Major Course (300-level or above)3
International Studies Major Course3International Studies Major Course (400 level)3
Forgeign Language (200-level)3Minor3
Minor3General Elective6
General Elective3 
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
International Studies Major Course (300 level or above)3International Studies Major Course 6
International Studies Major Course (400-level)3General Electives 9
General Electives9 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 124

 A minor is required for the International Studies major.  All core courses must be from the approved list for Core Area I-IV.  The number of minor courses and general electives may vary.

 Minor Requirements for International Studies

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
PSC 103Introduction to International Relations3
FLL 120Foreign Cultures3
ITS 470Seminar in International Studies3
or ITS 471 Seminar in International Studies
International Studies Electives9
Select nine hours from the following courses, at least six hours must be taken at the 300 level or above:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Peace Studies
Comparative Cultures through Films
Food in Antiquity
Introduction to Egyptian Archaelogy
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Archaeology of the Origins of Civilization in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Mediterranean
Peoples of World/South America Indians
Peoples of the World: Africa
Peoples of the World:Mediterranean
Peoples of the World: Oceania
Peoples of the World: Latin America
Study Abroad: Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico
Contemporary Global Issues
Looking at Earth: Maps Satellite Images and GIS
World Prehistory
Anthropology of Development
Food and Culture
Comparative Religion
Anthropology of Gender
Ecological Anthropology
Kinship and Social Organization
Economic Anthropology
Urban Anthropology
Music in World Cultures
Advanced Peace Studies
Advanced Cultural Anthropology
The Art Experience
Ancient and Medieval Art
Renaissance through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Economic Development and Growth
International Economics
World Literature I: Before 1660
World Literature II: 1660-Present
Greek and Roman Mythology
World Literature
African Literature
African Women's Literature
Foreign Literatures in English Translation
History of World Movies I: The Origins to 1960
History of World Movies II
Borders and Crossings inside the Global Village
Foreign Language Capstone Seminar
The World Since 1945
Eastern Europe 1600-1918
Eastern Europe 1914-Present
The Holocaust
Introduction to Latin American History
Indians, Spaniards & Creoles
Modern Latin America
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
The Celtic Fringe: Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Britain and the Third World
Introduction to Early Modern Spanish History
History of the Russian Empire
Russian Revolution: 1917-1921
History of the Soviet Union 1917-1991
Traditional East Asian History and Culture
Modern East Asia
Mapping Our World
Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids
Imperial and Post-Inperial Egypt
History of Ancient Greece
History of the Roman Empire
Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages
US-Latin American Relations
Sex & Latin American Society
Modern Latin America
The Christians in History
The Reformation
Religion in Early Modern European History
The Celtic Fringe: Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Britain and the Third World
End of the U.S.S.R.
Traditional East Asian History and Culture
The Pacific War, 1931-1945
Japan and the United States
Modern East Asia
The Second World War
The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1975
Ethnic Cleansing & Genocide 1912-2012
Nations of the Andes
Modern Mexico
Clash of Civilizations
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Renaissance and Reformation
Seventeenth-Century Europe: Absolutism, Revolution and Science
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Modern Europe
Spain and the Spainsh Inquisition
Ancient and Medieval Britain
English History: 1307-1660
Early Modern Britain
Victorian Britain
Modern Great Britain
French Enlightenment
The French Revolution
Modern France 1815 - Present
German Catastrophe 1815-2012
Stalin and Stalinism
The Soviet Union Since 1953
Russian Intellectual History
Terror and Terrorism from French Revolution to Present
Modern China
Japan to the 19th Century
Modern Japan
Internship in International Affairs
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Music in World Cultures
Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Classical Political Thought
Modern Political Theory
Classical Thought of India China and the West
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Political Theory
American Foreign Policy
The United Nations
Classical Political Thought
Modern Political Theory
African Politics
European Political Systems
Latin/South American Political Systems
Asian Political Systems
East European Politics
Politics of Development
International Security
North/South International Relations
Diplomacy
Nationalism in World Politics
International Political Economy
International Law
Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations
Epid: Beyond the Outbreak
Intro Global Health
Psychopathology and Culture
Social Change
Global and International Sociology
Contemporary China
Human Sexuality: A Comparative Approach
Population Problems
Sociology of Health and Illness
Total Hours18

 

Grade & Residency Requirement

A C or better is required in all International Studies courses applied to the minor. At least half of the minor must be completed at UAB or through BACHE.

Honors Program in International Studies

Purpose

The ITS Honors Program is designed for qualified, self-motivated international studies majors. Through special course distribution and credit hours requirements, as well as a directed honors thesis, students are prepared for in-depth ITS research and related graduate or professional opportunities.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. 3.0 cumulative GPA at UAB, 3.3 GPA in ITS (and maintenance of these minima).
  2. Junior standing.
  3. Declaration of ITS as student’s major.
  4. Letter of Intent to the Director. The Director approves admission into the program in consultation with the ITS faculty.

Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete the following:

  1. Completion of ITS 470 or ITS 471 Seminar in International Studies (3 credits).
  2. Enrollment in ITS 497 Honors Research in International Studies (3 credits) after completion of the Seminar.
  3. Following completion of ITS 497, preparation of an advanced research project which will lead to the development of a substantial research paper and, in some cases, a senior thesis under faculty supervision (all faculty affiliated with ITS are eligible to supervise the paper).
  4. Defense of paper/thesis in colloquium, composed of ITS faculty and other ITS 497 students
  5. Participation in SIR, the international studies honor society.

Benefits

Honors students will benefit from one-on-one mentoring with faculty in the program, which will lead to a more thorough understanding of the field and practice of international studies. This is particularly useful as students choose career goals, such as graduate school, international public service, the U.S. Foreign Service, or other opportunities. Additionally, students who complete the program will receive a certificate at the annual UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in International Studies.”

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the International Studies Honors Program, contact the ITS Director, 560 Heritage Hall, UAB,  Birmingham, AL 35294-1152; Telephone (205) 934-5643.

Courses

ITS 101. Introduction to International Studies. 3 Hours.

A survey of the problems and practice of global cooperation and conflict. Particular attention is paid to issues of global power, wealth and social justice.

ITS 110. Directed Readings in International Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Critique of current popular works in International Studies. Prerequisite: permission of ITS director.

ITS 223. International Study Abroad. 3 Hours.

Independent study done in International setting in conjunction with non-UAB academic program. Prerequisite: permission of ITS Director.

ITS 229. International Study Abroad. 3 Hours.

Current events in international setting. Part of UAB Study Away Program. Permission of ITS director.

ITS 250. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Topics in world geography and international issues. Prerequisite: permission of ITS director.

ITS 299. Problems in International Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Study of international relation and world culture subjects.

ITS 470. Seminar in International Studies. 3 Hours.

International Studies exit seminar that draws together program themes and summarizes main threads of current global issues. Prerequisite: permission of ITS director.

ITS 471. Seminar in International Studies. 3 Hours.

Analyzing and writing in depth about the ethics and rationale for using and abusing the film medium to relate to, undermine, or support political authority. Writing, Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course (QEP).

ITS 480. Advanced Problems in International Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Independent study. Prerequisite: permission of ITS director.

ITS 482. Internship in International Affairs. 1-3 Hour.

Individually arranged assignments in international companies or organizations, monitored and evaluated by the director of international studies. Prerequisite: permission of ITS director.

ITS 497. Honors Research in International Studies. 3 Hours.

Directed research by international studies honors students under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: open only to International Studies Honors students by permission of ITS director.

ITS 499. Advanced Seminar in International Studies. 3 Hours.

Special-topic seminar treating major current event or international problem.