Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies, Africa Concentration, B.A.

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Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 36+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

International Studies Required Courses


Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 173  in lieu of INTL 100 .

Complete 3 credit hours from each of the following two categories:

Study Abroad Requirement

All International Studies majors are required to spend one semester or summer in a study or internship abroad program approved by the program and earn a minimum of 6 credit hours with the provision for an alternative or exemption on the basis of special circumstances.

General Courses

Special topics courses may be used to fulfill concentration electives. Check with your advisor when these courses are offered. Independent Study and Bachelor’s Essay may be available for your concentration - check with your advisor.

300-Level Credit Requirement

International Studies majors must take a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 300-level or above in the International Studies major. These credits must include INTL 350 , INTL 495 , and at least two courses in their chosen concentration(s).

Africa Concentration (18+ credit hours)

The Africa Concentration in International Studies requires completion of 18 hours including a core course of 3 hours, and 15 hours of (core) electives in Categories I, II and III.

Category I: Core Electives (choose one course from the following (3 credit hours))

Foreign Language Requirement:

Complete 202 (or the equivalent) in one foreign language and an additional 6 credit hours in the same or a different foreign language (or the equivalent). Languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.


  • Other Departmental and Program topics, special topics, selected topics, research seminars, tutorials, independent study, and bachelor’s essay courses will also be counted when their content is 1/3 focused on the Africa region as determined by the Director of the International Studies Program.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from INTL 350  may be applied towards the program requirements.

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

No foreign language courses unless specifically included within the requirements listed above.

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