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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies


Sylvie Debevec Henning, Director, 116B Ragsdale Building

The master of arts in international studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to prepare students for professional careers in international business, the foreign service, the military, international humanitarian agencies, international programs for colleges and universities and other settings involving interaction with people from other cultures. The program provides a sound foundation in intercultural communication and understanding as well as global perspectives on a variety of issues. Students acquire skills in a foreign language, communicating across cultures, decision making, and conflict resolution and choose a concentration in a professional or academic specialty or area studies.

MA in International Studies

The minimum requirement for the degree is 36 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. International Studies Core: INTL 6005, 6105, 6500, 6510.
  2. Complete 12 s.h. in an academic, professional, or geographic concentration approved by the international studies director prior to taking.
  3. Complete 6 s.h. of international field experience, INTL 6930, 6940. Waiver may be granted by international studies director.
  4. Complete comprehensive examination after completion of 18 s.h.
  5. Complete international studies foreign language requirement.
  6. Option (Choose one of the following options.)
    Advanced language and culture option (6 s.h.):
    6 s.h. of Spanish, French, German, or English at the 5000-level or higher, including at least 3 s.h. at the 6000-level.
    Not available to native speakers of the language selected.
    Business option (6 s.h.):
    ENGL 5780 or ENGL 7710; MKTG 6992. Available only to students who choose a concentration in business.
    Economic development option (6 s.h.)
    Two 6000-level courses chosen from an approved list in consultation with the MAIS director not included in the student’s concentration.
    International administration option (6 s.h.):
    PADM 6220; 3 s.h. from PADM 6163, POLS 6330, or POLS 6440.
    Available only to students who choose a concentration in political science.
    International education administration option (6.s.h.):
    ADED 6690; ENGL 5780 or ENGL 7710
    Professional Communication option (6 s.h.):
    Two 6000 or 7000-level courses chosen from an approved list in consultation with the MAIS director not included in the student’s concentration.
    Public health option (6 s.h.)
    MPH 6020 and one additional 6000-level course chosen from an approved list in consultation with the MAIS director.
    Security studies option (6 s.h.)
    Two 6000-level courses chosen from an approved list in consultation with the MAIS director not included in the student’s concentration.
    Thesis option (6 s.h.):
    INTL 7000 (repeat once for a total of 6 s.h.) The student must satisfactorily defend the thesis.

Certificate in International Teaching

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The graduate certificate in international teaching is an interdisciplinary certificate program coordinated by the director of the MA in International Studies. Participating students must register for special sections of the courses delivered electronically.

The certificate requires 9 s.h. of credit as follows: HIST 5005; INTL 6930; TCHR 6001