Dec 10, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

International Studies B.A.


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TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study

The major in International Studies enables students to undertake programs of study which emphasize: (a) preparation for careers in international activities, or (b) the study of particular international themes or topics, or (c) the study of particular regions or cultures. Each student develops a course of study designed to fulfill his or her career and educational goals in consultation with the International Studies advisor.

University Admissions - College of Arts and Sciences


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For Admission information specific to the College of Arts and Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

Graduation Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework. Note: Some Departments/program/major require a higher GPA. Students should refer to Department/program/major specific catalog requirements.
  • Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  • ROTC courses that are primarily physical training and field experiences will not be applied to College of Arts and Sciences degree programs. All other military Science coursework will apply, in particular, coursework utilized toward completing an established ROTC minor will be applied to the total hours toward degree. 
  • When earning a second degree, double major or concurrent degree, the Major Core and Major Elective/Concentration areas of the degree audit must not overlap for both degrees.  All other areas of the degree audit may have overlapping credit hours applied.
  • Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements and the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) may not be taken S/U.
  • The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  • “D” grades are not acceptable in the major and supporting sciences for all natural sciences majors (Biomedical Sciences; Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology; Integrative Biology; Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences; Medical Technology; Chemistry; Geology; Math; Physics, and Physical Sciences). “D” grades are not acceptable for the major area in Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Mass Communications, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Complete all major course requirements.
  • College of Arts and Sciences students are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF. Some College of Arts and Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established additional major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the major or program section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - International Studies B.A.


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Required Courses: (36 credit hours)


Major Core Courses: 6 courses; 18 credit hours


The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. At least 27 of these credit hours (nine courses) must be from the International Studies Program offerings.

Major Elective Courses: 6 courses; 18 credit hours


The additional 18 credit hours must include at least three elective courses (9 credit hours) from within the International Studies discipline offered in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies; the remaining 9 credit hours can be selected from courses offered from other departments which are approved by the major advisor as having adequate international or cross-cultural content. Please see the International Studies advisor for a full list of courses to meet the INT elective requirements.

With the approval of the major advisor, credits earned in INR 4900 - Directed Readings  and INR 4910 - Directed Research  may be used to augment or substitute for the foregoing requirements. 

Students must pass a 2000-level foreign language course (that is, at least one semester of foreign language study beyond the first year introductory courses), or complete one year of study of a non-Western language. Students who are bilingual or who are already conversationally fluent or who can translate with facility from a foreign language text are exempt from the above course requirement, but the INT faculty may require demonstration of proficiency.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to engage in study abroad programs, a large number of which have been approved by the USF Education Abroad Department. Credits earned in such programs apply toward graduation and many also apply to the International Studies major. A limited number of internships in the Tampa Bay area are available to provide students with real-world experience while earning credits in the major. Also, USF is affiliated with The Washington Center, an internship program in the nation’s Capital.

International Studies B.A. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0  

General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0

USF GPA:  2.0

Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


A grade of C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences


Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least 21 hours of the major coursework must be completed at USF.

College of Arts and Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF

Internship Opportunities - School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies


The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies encourages students majoring in International Studies to complete an internship as part of their undergraduate degree program. While an internship is not required for the degree, it does provide the student with valuable, real world experience that can assist the student in preparation for a career after finishing the International Studies degree. The School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies allows up to 6 credits of paid or unpaid internship with an appropriate international focus to count as an INT elective. In order to qualify for credit, the internship does need to be approved by the International Studies Internship faculty advisor. Additionally, in order to earn credit for the internship, students will be required to register for INR 4943 - Internship in International Studies  and complete all requirements for this course in order to earn credit. For more information, please visit https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/departments/school-of-interdisciplinary-global-studies/index.aspx.

Research Opportunities - College of Arts and Sciences


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information - College of Arts and Sciences


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa campus website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, INTadvise@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - International Studies B.A.


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Foreign Service Official / Diplomat
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • Foreign Correspondent/Journalist

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • ✳️ Foreign Language II Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • TGEC - Creative Thinking  Credit(s): 3
  • Upper Level INT Area Study Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper-level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Elective Credit(s): 1

Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - International Studies B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


  • ✳️ INR 3011 - Globalization  Credit(s): 3 
  • Upper Level INT Area Study Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️Foreign Language I Credit(s): 4
  • Upper-level General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • INR 4083 - Conflict in the World  Credit(s): 3 
  • Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 1
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 13 

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